Were We Prepared for September’s Historic Extreme Weather?

September saw a heat wave in the West, a storm surge in Alaska, and Hurricane Fiona in the Caribbean, stemming from overall unpreparedness.

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Prior to listening to this episode, how many of these weather events were you aware of?

September has seen a long list of historic extreme weather events, from a record-breaking heat wave in the American west to a storm surge in coastal Alaska to Hurricane Fiona in the Caribbean. While each of these events was a different weather phenomenon affecting different regions, they did share some things in common, chiefly a strain on power grids and an overall lack of preparedness. Ethan breaks down how each of these historic weather events happened, what role climate change likely played in each of them, and what lessons we could take away from this intense month of extreme weather in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown, Maddy Schmidt

Fact Checker: Ysabel Wulfing

Editor: Megan Antone

Producers: Ethan Brown, Megan Crimmins, Shannon Damiano, Maddy Schmidt

Ad Voiceover: Maddy Schmidt

Music: Brett Sawka

The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the host and guests. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Peril and Promise or The WNET Group.

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