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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 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 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
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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.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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

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. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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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.

    REUTERS/Bridget Bennett

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

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.   REUTERS/Bridget Bennett
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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

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

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
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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.   

REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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

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. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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The largest dust storm in decades enveloped Beijing in March, closing schools and grounding hundreds of flights.   



 REUTERS/Jason Lee

The largest dust storm in decades enveloped Beijing in March, closing schools and grounding hundreds of flights. REUTERS/Jason Lee

The largest dust storm in decades enveloped Beijing in March, closing schools and grounding hundreds of flights. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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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 States, were without heat as freezing temperatures in a normally temperate part of the country overwhelmed demand, causing blackouts and bursting frozen plumbing.   

      REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

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

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 States, were without heat as freezing temperatures in a normally temperate part of the country overwhelmed demand, causing blackouts and bursting frozen plumbing.  REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
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The Caldor Fire burned for two months near California's South Lake Tahoe region, displacing tens of thousands of residents.    
REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The Caldor Fire burned for two months near California's South Lake Tahoe region, displacing tens of thousands of residents. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The Caldor Fire burned for two months near California's South Lake Tahoe region, displacing tens of thousands of residents. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
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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.    
  REUTERS/Susana Vera

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

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. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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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 Mangiapane

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

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 Mangiapane
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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

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

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
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Rare summer flooding submerged Venice's famed Piazza San Marco in up to a meter of water in August.   REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Rare summer flooding submerged Venice's famed Piazza San Marco in up to a meter of water in August. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Rare summer flooding submerged Venice's famed Piazza San Marco in up to a meter of water in August. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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 Siberian permafrost and peatlands, releasing even more carbon that was long stored in the frozen tundra.    



REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko

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

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 Siberian permafrost and peatlands, releasing even more carbon that was long stored in the frozen tundra. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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 McDermid

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

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 McDermid
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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

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

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
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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 York Media Boat

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

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 York Media Boat
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