Hurricane Matthew dumped 13.6 trillions gallons of rain, setting river gauge and single day rainfall records in several North Carolina towns. This satellite image was taken October 8, 2016. Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.
Scientists predict that extreme weather events will increase in frequency, intensity, and duration as the climate continues to warm. But what makes a storm extreme? What do heavier rainfall and longer, hotter heat waves mean for people living in Pennsylvania? Will extreme weather patterns be the same for people living in coastal Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia vs. those living inland, near Pittsburgh?
Look through the information in the Extreme Weather Primer to learn more about the differences between climate and weather, what characterizes a storm or heat wave as an extreme weather event, how predictions are made for global vs. regional locations, and what it all means for Pennsylvania’s residents.
For additional information as you develop your Point-of-View papers, also read some of the Climate Change and Extreme Weather resources linked below.