A dry cracked riverbed is seen in Indonesia’s East Java province on October 5, 2015. Wildfires consumed more than 4.2 million acres of forest and land in Indonesia this year, stoked by hot and dry conditions. Credit: REUTERS/Siswowidodo/Antara Foto
As the world broke 2014’s heat record, an infographic on how the weather went to the extremes with heat, snow, wildfires and flooding.
By Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate News Dec 23, 2015
From heat waves to cyclones, flooding to drought, 2015 proved to be a wild year for extreme weather across the globe.
Millions of acres of forests burned. Thousands of people died from heat, and thousands more lost their homes to flooding and storm surges. In August, fueled by global warming and El Nino, three major hurricanes were spinning in the Pacific at once. To top it off, the world had its hottest year on record, breaking the record set in 2014 and shattering heat records on every continent, including Antarctica.
Scientists have long warned that climate change will intensify our world’s worst weather. If 2015 was any indication of what’s to come, humanity is in for a rough ride. Here is a roundup of the weather this year that brought climate change home to roost: