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||Statewide||December 25, 2003||Winter Storm, Avalanche||3||$1,963,566||$1,500,000|
|Wyoming||Campbell, Crook||Gillette||June 21, 2003||Hail||$22,254,782||$17,000,000|
|Colorado||Fort Collins, Boulder||March 17, 2003||Winter Storm||$121,748,330||$93,000,000|
|Colorado||Statewide||October 01, 2002||Drought||$1,606,742,940||$1,200,000,000|
|Utah||Sanpete||Manti||September 08, 2002||Tornado||$2,811,446||$2,100,000|
|Wyoming||Laramie||Cheyenne||August 26, 2002||Hail||$40,168,832||$30,000,000|
|Wyoming||Johnson||August 26, 2002||Flood||$616,264||$460,000|
|Wyoming||Converse||June 18, 2002||Wildfire|
|Colorado||La Plata||June 09, 2002||Wildfire||1||$88,800,000|
|Colorado||Teller, Jefferson||June 08, 2002||Wildfire||1||$51,700,000||$38,612,000|