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.

Filter between two years
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
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