Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Extreme Weather Map

NRDC extreme weather map

“Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation”.
Kin Hubbard
(1868 – 1930)

Okay, so we all know about how people like to talk about the weather, but over the last few years there’s really been something worth talking about . . . extreme weather. Record breaking extreme weather has been happening all over the United States over the last few years, and it looks like things are going to get even worse. In 2011, record breaking weather events took place in every one of the 50 states . . . nobody is safe from extreme weather conditions.

Hurricanes are just one example of extreme weather, and they’ve certainly been making the news with rather more frequency than we’d like. Extreme weather costs lives, extreme weather costs health, extreme weather costs our homes and extreme weather also costs a lot of money to clean up after the aftermath. Unfortunately, the experts are telling us that hurricanes and other extreme weather events are likely to get even worse, and even more frequent as the climate continues to change.

Extreme weather includes;

  • Hurricanes
  • Violent thunderstorms with exceptional amounts of rain
  • Tornadoes
  • Floods
  • Record breaking temperatures (both high and low)
  • Wildfires
  • Droughts
  • Excessive snowfall

Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Home Against Extreme Weather

All of the signs and the experts say that these extreme weather events and potential disasters are going to become even more commonplace because of climate change, causing even more heavy precipitation, extreme heat and high speed tropical storm winds. Preparations must be done at all levels to minimize the damage caused by such extreme weather conditions, by the FEMA (Federal Emerency Management Agency), at local government level and also by you, at home, there are things which you can do to protect your loved ones and your belongings from becoming victims of the next extreme weather event.

  • Be informed – keep an eye out for updates on local emergency alerts. Make sure that you always have a battery powered radio handy (or something similar) just in case you lose power, an unfortunate bi-product of many extreme weather events.
  • Be connected – keep in contact with relatives, friends and neighbors. If you do learn of any impending disaster then make sure that everybody else is informed too. Fore-warned is fore-armed in so many of these extreme weather situations.
  • Have a plan – you should have an emergency evacuation plan in place, as well as plenty of emergency supplies. Make sure that your family knows of the emergency plan and what to do if you are not all together when the extreme weather emergency arrives.


To view the 2,941 monthly 2001 weather records broken by extreme events that struck communities in the US visit the NRDC extreme weather map page.

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