Droughts and Heat Waves
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), as of July 14, 2015, Moderate to Exceptional drought is impacting 25.1 percent of the area of the United States and 26 percent of the lower 48 states. Drought impacts 79.5 million people in the United States. Long term drought coupled with increasing potential for offshore winds will keep wildfire potential elevated in California through October. In response to California’s historic drought which began in 2012, on May 5, 2015, for the first time in the state’s history, mandatory water restrictions were ordered by California’s governor Jerry Brown.
According to the National Weather Service heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. June 2015 was the warmest June on record for the globe according to the National Center for Environmental Information.
NATURAL DISASTER LOSSES IN THE UNITED STATES, FIRST HALF 2015
GLOBAL CATASTROPHES, 2014
TOP TEN DEADLIEST WORLD CATASTROPHES, 1970-2014