No ‘return to normal’: Growing threat of fire and floods, as smoke spans a continent.

Extreme Weather and Climate Updates

July 21, 2021, 12:42 p.m. ET

July 21, 2021, 12:42 p.m. ET

The sky in Denver was hazy from wildfires on Tuesday as children cooled down in a fountain.
Credit…David Zalubowski/Associated Press

A summer of misery stretched across much of the United States this week, with flash floods in the Southeast, deadly monsoons in the desert, a crackling-dry fire season across the Pacific Northwest and hazy skies on the East Coast blotting out a baleful red sun.

Parts of Montana reached 110 degrees this week — more than 20 degrees above normal — while the nation’s largest wildfire continued to explode in southern Oregon, generating its own weather and prompting state officials to warn residents that they face a long and difficult fire…

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