Extreme weather events of 2021 so far
The Dixie Fire ranked as the second-largest California wildfire on record - surpassed only by the million-acre-plus August Complex Fire of 2020. REUTERS/David Swanson
The July 12-15 rainfall over Europe triggered flooding that swept away houses and power lines, and left more than 200 people dead, mostly in Germany. Dozens died in Belgium and thousands were also forced to flee their homes in the Netherlands. ...more
Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel that symbolized the American ascendance of the 20th Century, sunk to its lowest level ever, underscoring the gravity of the extreme drought across the U.S. West. ...more
The cities of Portland and Salem in Oregon, and Seattle in Washington set new temperature records this summer as the Pacific Northwest baked under a suffocating heatwave that killed hundreds of people. REUTERS/Mathieu Lewis-Rolland
Barely a year after fires burned tens of millions of acres in Australia, massive flooding caused by torrential rain in eastern Australia forced the evacuation of some 40,000 residents. It was the worst flooding in over a century in Australia. ...more
Ida slammed into Louisiana on August 29 as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. The storm weakened as it moved north but still unleashed flash flooding on the East Coast. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
More than 500 summer wildfires broke out across Greece, which, like other countries in the Mediterranean region including Turkey and Tunisia, has seen some of its highest temperatures in decades. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
The largest dust storm in decades enveloped Beijing in March, closing schools and grounding hundreds of flights. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Texas residents suffered a winter storm that left millions without power after a days-long cold snap put an unprecedented strain on the state’s power network. Some 2.7 million households in Texas, the largest electricity consuming state in the United...more
The Caldor Fire burned for two months near California's South Lake Tahoe region, displacing tens of thousands of residents. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
A rare snowstorm wreaked havoc across Spain in January. In Madrid, 150,000 trees were felled as 50 cm of snow were dumped on the capital, cutting supply lines, suspending flights and leaving some supermarket shelves bare on Monday. ...more
As fires stoked by hot winds swept through southern Italy in August, a monitoring station in Sicily reported temperatures of 48.8 Celsius (119.84°F) which some scientists believe could be the highest in European history. REUTERS/Guglielmo...more
Cyclone Seroja brought devastating floods and landslides to East Timor and Indonesia, killing hundreds in its wake before making landfall in Australia, the first storm to do so since 1989. Antara Foto/Aditya Pradana Putra
Rare summer flooding submerged Venice's famed Piazza San Marco in up to a meter of water in August. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Fanned by high temperatures and a strong, dry wind, fires forced thousands of Turkish residents and foreign tourists to flee homes and hotels near the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in July. REUTERS/Kaan Soyturk
Over three days in July, 24.3 inches of rain fell in Zhengzhou, China, nearly equivalent to its annual average, causing widespread damage and disruption in a city that is a major transport and industrial hub. REUTERS/Aly Song
Russia saw its annual fire season become more ferocious in recent years as summer wildfires produced a record amount of carbon emissions in Russia's Siberian region of Yakutia. Environmentalists fear the fires, fueled by hot weather, may thaw...more
Wildfires tearing through forested areas of northern Algeria killed at least 65 people, as the country battled some of the most destructive blazes in its history. REUTERS/Abdelaziz Boumzar
Large parts of Japan, particularly the southernmost main island of Kyushu, saw record levels of rainfall in August, causing rivers to overflow and triggering landslides. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A powerful winter storm engulfed the U.S. Northeast in February, blanketing much of the region in heavy snow, blasting coastal areas with high winds and bringing New York City and other major urban centers to nearly a standstill. REUTERS/Brendan...more
The Bootleg Fire, Oregon’s third largest wildfire in recorded history and the second largest U.S. wildfire of the year, burned over 400,000 acres before being contained. REUTERS/David Ryder
Wildfires raging across the western United States this summer, including the "monster" Bootleg blaze in Oregon, belched smoke and soot that gusted eastward and caused harmful air pollution as far away as New York City. REUTERS/Bjoern Kils/New...more
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