These extreme heat events are all connected to a slower jet stream that locks weather systems into place, says Michael Mann of Penn State University. Mann co-authored a study last year that linked the slowdown in the jet stream—the band of high-altitude winds that sweep around the globe from west to east—to last summer’s unprecedented droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and flooding events across the entire Northern Hemisphere. And it is likely behind India’s weak monsoon rains and the widespread flooding in the U.S. Midwest this year.
Nebraska was hit hard by that flooding. We've been having a hell of a time trying to recover - our DOT is underfunded, and our governor has been paying lip-service to the victims of a problem he contributed to (crumbling infrastructure from perpetually lowering taxes, and a state of unpreparedness for natural disaster). We've had rural bridges entirely washed out, and communities left isolated by crumbling and flooded highways. I didn't expect to see my home mentioned here, but I'm glad that someone out there is paying attention to us.
My triple-landlocked home is drowning, and my neighbors are still refusing to call a spade a spade regarding climate change.