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Confronting extreme weather in the era of climate change

A passer-by walks near a street damaged by flood waters.
Steven Senne
A passer-by walks near a street damaged by flood waters, Tuesday, July 11, 2023, in Ludlow, Vt. A storm that dumped two months of rain in two days caused erosion along many roadways in the state.

This episode originally aired on Aug. 14, 2023.

This summer has been full of extreme weather. Raging wildfires have burned in Canada and Hawaii, deadly flooding hit New England and tornadoes touched down in the Midwest.

These catastrophes are making it clearer that no part of the country, or the Earth, is immune to the effects of climate change.

According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Midwest will likely see increasingly high temperatures through the mid-century. Which means more than just uncomfortably hot summer days.

We look at how climate change is triggering extreme weather events in the U.S. and how central Ohioans will have to adapt to new climate norms.



  • Brady Dennis, climate reporter for The Washington Post
  • Aaron Wilson, state climatologist and atmospheric scientist and assistant professor, at Ohio State University
  • Bart Elmore, author and professor of environmental and business history at Ohio State University

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