Why Climate Change Ups the Odds of Fires, Floods
Colorado’s record-breaking flood was caused, in part, by a blocking pattern parked over western North America. That same pattern also led to extreme drought in the West, worsening California’s Rim Fire. Rutgers atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis talks about possible connections between climate change and severe events like these.
Jennifer Francis is a research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University in Marion, Massachusetts.