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Extreme Weather: Overview

Information on massive storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and other atmospheric natural disasters.

How to Use this Guide

Use the tabs at the top to get to specific resources.  There are links to catalogs, databases, videos, and handouts from our library and others.  Technology Tips are designed to make the process easier and more organized, and also to help you reach technology literacy, using free tools on the web.  Please keep in mind that this guide does not replace a close working relationship with your instructor and your librarian.  Please do not spend more than 15 minutes of frustration before you contact your librarian. 

Some possible topics

Past disasters (history, impacts, preparedness, etc.)

  • Subprime mortgage crisis
  • Katrina
  • Resource wars (oil, water, other)
  • WW II
  • Great Depression
  • Dust Bowl

Future disasters (likelihood, predicted impacts, preparedness)

All this can be on the local, state, national or international level. For example: how does Seattle prepare for flooding?

  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Economic collapse
  • Food shortages
  • Droughts
  • Floods

Extreme weather

  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Desertification
  • Drought
  • Dust storms (e.g. in Australia)
  • Wildfires (e.g. in southern California)
  • Heat waves (e.g. 1988 in the midwest)
  • Effect on human populations
    • Refugees
    • Wars
    • Famine
    • Epidemic
    • Water shortages

Current Events

Look here for current or very recent events!

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