2020 US Climate Crises

• Colorado’s two biggest wildfires on record have occurred in the last three months. 

• September 2020 was the warmest September (world-wide) in 140 years of records, and seven of the warmest Septembers ever have occurred in the past seven years. 

• California’s largest wildfire ever exceeds one million acres, larger than Rhode Island. This is nearly four times larger than the previous record fire, and five of the 10 largest California wildfires on record are in 2020. More than 4 million acres have burned thus far in California this year, more than all recorded wildfires between 1932 and 1999. 

• More named storms have made landfall in the US in 2020 than in any previous year. 

• One of the worst weather events of 2020 was a 700-mile derecho in the Midwest that left 800,000 people without power and destroyed crops for hundreds of miles. 

• Arctic sea ice reached its second lowest extent in recorded history. 

• It hit 100 degrees in Siberia, the hottest on record that far north. 

• The hottest temperatures ever recorded on earth are in Death Valley and were recorded in 2013 and 2020.