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.
All CPI-Adjusted Damage costs are 2022 values, calculated from: https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/. CPI-Adjusted Damage costs are unavailable before the year 1913.
Note: The High-Impact Events Database is currently being updated with more features. Stay tuned.
|State||County||City||Date||Event Type||Deaths||CPI Adjusted||Unadjusted||Summary||Links|
|Colorado||Garfield||Glenwood Springs||August 10, 2020||Wildfire|
|Colorado||Mesa||Grand Junction||July 31, 2020||Wildfire||$38,398,900.00||$34,000,000.00|
|Colorado, Utah, Wyoming||June 06, 2020||High Wind|
|Colorado, Utah||May 19, 2020||Drought|
|Utah||Emery||Green River||May 11, 2020||Flood||2|
|Wyoming||Carbon||Arlington||October 19, 2019||Winter Storm, High Wind||1|
|Colorado||Kit Carson||Bethune||August 13, 2019||Hail|
|Colorado, Wyoming||March 13, 2019||Winter Storm, High Wind, Flood||4||$4,573,250,000.00||$4,000,000,000.00|
|Colorado||Pitkin||March 09, 2019||Avalanche|
|Wyoming||Lincoln, Sublette||September 15, 2018||Wildfire|