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||Event Type||Deaths||CPI-Adjusted Damage||Unadjusted Damage||Summary||Links|
|Colorado, Wyoming||March 13, 2019||Winter Storm, High Wind, Flood||4||$4,000,000,000.00|
|Colorado||Pitkin||March 09, 2019||Avalanche|
|Wyoming||Lincoln, Sublette||September 15, 2018||Wildfire|
|Utah||Juab, Sanpete, Utah||September 06, 2018||Wildfire||$4,700,000|
|Colorado||Teller, El Paso||Colorado Springs||August 06, 2018||Hail||$173,000,000|
|Colorado||Costilla, Huerfano||Fort Garland, La Veta||June 27, 2018||Wildfire||$35,000,000|
|Colorado||Boulder, Broomfield, Adams, Weld, Morgan||Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, Northglenn, Brighton, Fort Morgan||June 18, 2018||Hail||$2,400,000,000.00|
|Colorado||El Paso||Colorado Springs, Fountain||June 13, 2018||Hail||$169,000,000|
|Colorado||Montezuma, La Plata||Dolores, Durango||June 01, 2018||Wildfire||$38,500,000|
|Colorado, Utah||January 01, 2018||Drought|