Heat, flooding and smoke: The U.S. is in the midst of a summer of extremes

July 17, 2023

Extreme heat. But scientists see the fingerprints of climate change sizzling across the landscape, and it’s playing out like a car wreck from which you can’t look away. Scientists determined a June 2021 heat wave in the Pacific Northwest would have been “virtually impossible” if not for the impacts of climate change. “It’s not surprising that we’re seeing these concurrent widespread extreme heat events across multiple regions around the world.”Temperature records are also falling outside North America. It’s not a day here, a day there — it’s prolonged.”So far, the pace of climate change is outpacing most communities’ ability to manage.