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|
|Wyoming||February 12, 1887||Winter Storm|
|Colorado||Denver||Denver||April 23, 1885||Winter Storm|
|Colorado||Lake||Leadville||February 01, 1885||Avalanche||10|
|Colorado||Garfield, Mesa, Grand, Eagle, Larimer||Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Fort Collins||June 01, 1884||Flood|
|Colorado||Gunnison||Woodstock||March 10, 1884||Avalanche||13|
|Colorado||San Miguel||Telluride||December 01, 1883||Avalanche||8|
|Colorado||Park||January 01, 1877||Avalanche||8|
|Colorado||Denver, Arapahoe||Denver||May 19, 1864||Flood||20||$1,000,000|