Why Climate Change Ups the Odds of Fires, Floods

9:33 minutes

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.

Segment Guests

Jennifer Francis

Jennifer Francis is a research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University in Marion, Massachusetts.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.