Top Climate Change Risks: Storm, Fire, Heat
Learn how climate change is affecting people in Washington.
Then, check your local risk for heat, storm, fire, drought, and flood through 2050.
Of the top cities in Washington, the city with the highest overall risk is Bellingham. The city with the lowest overall risk is Kennewick.
For heat, Everett has the lowest risk and Bellingham has the highest risk.
For storm, Yakima has the lowest risk and Everett has the highest risk.
For drought, Vancouver has the lowest risk and Yakima has the highest risk.
For fire, Kennewick has the lowest risk and Spokane has the highest risk.
For flood, Yakima has the lowest risk and Olympia has the highest risk.
Among the lower 48 states, Washington's highest ranking is #8 for fire risk.
Utah and Kansas rank highest for fire risk District Of Columbia and Rhode Island rank lowest for fire risk See our fire ranking methodology.
Washington ranks #42 for drought risk.
Highest drought risk: Arizona and Wyoming
Lowest drought risk: Mississippi and Illinois
Washington ranks #48 for heat risk.
Highest heat risk: Florida and Louisiana
Washington ranks #31 for storm risk.
Highest storm risk: New Hampshire and Vermont
Lowest storm risk: Nevada and New Mexico
An extremely hot day in Washington depends on your location: 99ºF is extremely hot for Kennewick, while 80ºF is considered extremely hot for Bellingham. This is based on historical maximum temperatures on the top 2% of days in an average year.
The frequency of very hot days is increasing. On average, someone in Washington will experience about 28 extremely hot days in 2050.
A typical person in the U.S. will experience about 43 extremely hot days in 2050.
Mitigating climate change—by eliminating our emissions into the atmosphere and reducing our strain on the environment—and adapting to our changing planet are both vital to our well-being.
Check your address and get a free report describing risks to your property and in your area.
Your level of risk depends on your city's capacity to adapt. Look up information on your city's characteristics and how they relate to preparedness for climate change: ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment.
Check our free report for tips on protecting your home from hazards.
Green infrastructure is a category of nature-based solutions increasing precipitation. Find resources for individuals and municipalities through the EPA's Soak Up the Rain initiative.
Planting trees and vegetation helps reduce extreme heat in urban environments. Cool Pavements can also help urban heat islands. Search the Heat Island Community Actions Database to see what some municipalities have been doing to reduce extreme heat risk.
Read more about building resilience for communities: U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.
Use the Common Cause tool to find your representatives (federal to local), how to contact them, and information about political contributions and bills they have introduced.
Change is necessary–and possible–across the globe and in every part of our society. Learn more with Project Drawdown's introduction to climate solutions.
Estimate your home's carbon footprint with the CoolClimate Calculator. Or, estimate the carbon footprint of your business.