The Heat Wave That Hit the Pacific Northwest
Record-breaking climate extremes, from heat to drought to wildfires, are blanketing the United States this summer. This is how one region has been struck.,
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The heat wave that hit America’s Pacific Northwest this summer took many by surprise.
Places that are usually cool and often rainy, such as Oregon and Washington, were covered by a blanket of heat in the triple digits — an extreme heat that damaged infrastructure and claimed 193 lives.
After the temperatures soared, a group of scientists quickly came together to answer a question that was on the minds of many: How much is climate change to blame?
On today’s episode
Sergio Olmos, a freelancer for The Times.
An analysis of the recent record-breaking heat found that it would have been virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused climate change.
The extreme temperatures in Oregon, Washington State and Canada were exacerbated by an intense drought. Here is what to know about these heat waves.
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Henry Fountain and Sergio Olmos contributed reporting.
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