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The Basics

Chances are you’ve lived through some severe weather events. Thunderstorms, for example, can awe us with their brilliant lightning shows and deafening booms of thunder. Can you imagine them getting brighter or louder?

Periodic shifts in climate are normal for the Earth. The Earth has endured ice ages, droughts, extreme storms, and flooding. We have learned that global and regional climate changes can affect local weather patterns across the world. Scientists warn that when global warming happens quickly, these weather events could happen more often, be more severe, and last longer.

Wherever it happens, extreme weather can cause illness and death as well as damage to crops, property, animal habitats, and economies. Scientists are studying these effects and looking at ways we can lessen their impact.


Did you know ?

El Niño is an abnormal warming of the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator. It happens every few years. Scientists believe that El Niño causes floods and droughts in many parts of the world. They are also worried that with global warming weather patterns like El Niño will happen more often.

Learn More

Explore the links below to learn more about how climate change can impact weather events.

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Climate and Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - Web page that describes the impact of weather on human health

National Climate Assessment - Human Health (U.S. Global Change Research Program) - Report that describes the impacts of climate change on human health

Climate Patterns

El Nino: Sneak Peak of Our Future (Johns Hopkins University Ecohealth) - Information about El Nino, the effects on human health, and how it can be predictive of the future.


Drought: Make it Rain (Johns Hopkins University Ecohealth) - Description of the dangers of a drought and the health impact it can have.

Storms and Floods

Storms: Weather Gone Wild (Johns Hopkins University Ecohealth) - Information on storms: how they affect human health and how to be prepared.

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Climate Resources/Fact Sheets (National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration) - Frequently asked questions on climate change.

Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) - Describes the relevance of the Clean Air Act, key elements of it, how it works, and information on ways to reduce air pollution.