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||Statewide||January 01, 2012||Drought|
|Utah||Davis, Salt Lake, Weber||Centerville, Salt Lake City||December 01, 2011||High Wind||$68,000,000|
|Wyoming||Laramie||Cheyenne||July 11, 2011||Hail||$128,502,418||$120,000,000|
|Wyoming||Teton||Afton||May 18, 2011||Landslide|
|Utah||Washington||St. George||December 21, 2010||Flood|
|Colorado||Boulder||Salina, Gold Hill||September 06, 2010||Wildfire||$236,786,000||$214,352,000|
|Wyoming||Campbell||Gillette||May 26, 2010||Hail||$50,813,862||$46,000,000|
|Colorado||Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams||Englewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Brighton||July 20, 2009||Hail||$864,539,808||$770,000,000|
|Colorado||Larimer||Windsor||May 22, 2008||Tornado||1||$216,484,444||$193,500,000|
|Utah||Millard, Beaver||July 05, 2007||Wildfire||$4,647,830||$4,000,000|