Firenados in Kansas in February

Categories: environment, governance

What? We hear a lot about climate change and extreme weather conditions. On  February 18, 2016, temperatures reached 32°C/90°F in central Kansas, leading to many wildfires in the dry winter conditions. Strong winds associated with the heat storm led to tornadic firestorms, creating difficult conditions for fire crews including a requirement for command post relocation. 

So what? Unexpected consequences are a large component of the longtail risk from climate change. Many such risks and costs will come from interactions of existing systems and structures with unprecedented activity. The interaction of conditions, such as dry, cold winters with sudden bursts of extreme heat signals the need for planning to address emergencies and provide rapid responses. Increased capacity and response resources (such as airlift and drones) may be required to  face global warming in the future.


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