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
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