High-Impact Weather and Climate Events
High-impact events cause the majority of societal costs related to weather and climate. They provoke societal responses that can either enhance or detract from long-term adaptation to climate risk. In 2015, WWA began a new research focus on extremes that is designed to place high-impact events in the context of historical climate variability and projected climate change, assess how the risk of these events varies over time and space, and examine how high-impact events interact with place-based vulnerability.
The first activities in this new research theme have been to build a database of 160+ historical high-impact weather and climate events in the three-state region, and to generate a complementary set of regional event maps showing how risk varies seasonally across the region for different types of weather and climate events.
Note: The High-Impact Events Database is currently being updated with more features. Stay tuned.
|State||County||City||Date Sort ascending||Event Type||Deaths||CPI-Adjusted Damage||Unadjusted Damage||Summary||Links|
|Colorado||Boulder||Louisville, Superior||December 30, 2021||Wildfire, High Wind||2||$513,212,589|
|Colorado, Wyoming||December 15, 2021||High Wind|
|Colorado||Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Weld||October 12, 2021||Drought|
|Utah||Emery||August 02, 2021||Flood||1|
|Colorado||Garfield||Glenwood Springs||July 29, 2021||Landslide|
|Colorado||Larimer||Rustic||July 20, 2021||Flood, Landslide||3|
|Colorado, Wyoming||March 13, 2021||Winter Storm||$75,000,000|
|Utah||Salt Lake||February 17, 2021||Avalanche, Winter Storm|
|Utah||Salt Lake||February 06, 2021||Avalanche||4|
|Colorado||Grand, Larimer||Kremmling, Estes Park, Grand Lake, Granby||October 14, 2020||Wildfire|