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|
|Utah||Salt Lake||April 10, 2013||Landslide|
|Utah||Washington||September 11, 2012||Dam Failure, Flood||$4,200,000|
|Wyoming||Albany||June 29, 2012||Wildfire|
|Utah||Millard||Delta||June 26, 2012||Wildfire||$6,924,698||$6,600,000|
|Utah||Sanpete||Fountain Green||June 23, 2012||Wildfire||1||$6,085,090||$5,800,000|
|Colorado||El Paso||Woodland Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs||June 23, 2012||Wildfire||2||$468,402,000||$446,460,000|
|Colorado||Larimer||Fort Collins||June 09, 2012||Wildfire||1||$117,876,000||$112,354,000|
|Colorado||Denver, Douglas, Arapahoe, Elbert||June 06, 2012||Hail, Flood||$1,000,000,000.00|
|Colorado||June 01, 2012||Drought|
|Colorado, Utah, Wyoming||May 22, 2012||Drought|