The Most Extreme Summer Weather Of 2015

Published August 6, 2015
Updated February 28, 2018

Extreme Summer Weather

Whether you think they’re signs of global warming or that Mother Nature is just working out some particularly painful kinks, it’s impossible to deny that summer 2015 has seen an insane amount of extreme weather events. From the massive blob of warm water covering thousands of miles in the Pacific Ocean to brutal, scorching temperatures torching places like Pakistan and Iran to a rain-battered Gulf Coast, this summer’s extreme conditions have left no part of the world untouched.

See how the extreme is becoming the new norm – and claiming lives – in the following photos:

Summer Weather 2015 Northern California Wildfire Bass Lake
About 7,000 firefighters are fighting to snuff out the 14 major wildfires that are torching California. Source: NPR

Summer Weather 2015 Northern California Wildfire
One of the wildfires is so massive that it has its own wind patterns. Source: Aljazeera

Summer Weather 2015 Northern Canada Wildfire
Forest fires have also scorched much of the West Coast and Canada. In fact, Canadian forest fires have burned so intensely this summer that their smoke has reached U.S. states as far away as Colorado and Minnesota. Source: CTV News

Summer Weather 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Nepal was levelled by two massive earthquakes just before the start of summer 2015, perhaps hinting at the extreme weather to come in later months. Source: TIME

Summer Weather 2015 India Heat Wave Deadly
This summer’s heat wave in India was the second deadliest in the country’s history. More than 2,000 people died from the extreme weather conditions. Source: VOA

Summer Weather 2015 India Heat Wave Melting Roads
Temperatures are so hot---reaching as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit in places like New Delhi---that roads have actually begun melting. Source: ABC

Summer Weather 2015 India Heat Wave Farming
The extreme heat in India has greatly impacted farmers like this one, whose lands are dried up. Source: TIME

Summer Weather 2015 Pakistan Heat Wave
Pakistan also faced an extreme heat wave this summer. Here, Pakistanis cool off in a local canal. Source: Mashable

Summer Weather 2015 Pakistan Heat Wave Victim
Pakistan’s heat wave struck during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. Since most of the residents participate in Ramadan, they were more susceptible to heat-related deaths and illnesses. Source: The Japan Times

Summer Weather 2015 Russia Locust Swarms
Russia has been (quite literally) plagued by locust swarms that are devouring crops at an alarming pace. The influx of locust plagues are likely connected to recent flooding and higher temperatures in the region. Source: Russia Insider

Summer Weather 2015 Mexico Colima Volcano
Mexico’s Colima Volcano (aka the Volcano of Fire) erupted this July. While smaller eruptions occurred earlier in the year, the July eruption was the biggest since 1935. Source: Florencia Araya

Summer Weather 2015 Mexico Colima Eruption
Mexican authorities worry that these eruptions may be leading up to an even larger eruption in the future. Source: The Geology Flannelcast

Summer Weather 2015 Indonesia Mount Sinabung
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung also erupted this summer, spewing tons of ash, smoke and rock. Source: Daily Mail

Summer Weather 2015 Indonesia Mount Sinabung Eruption
More than 10,000 people from North Sumatra were evacuated from surrounding towns once the volcano became active again. Source: Mirror

Summer Weather 2015 Greenland Ice Sheet
Greenland’s ice sheet has been melting faster than normal this year. Both higher temperatures and increased rainfall are said to be affecting the massive ice sheet. Source: Guardian

Summer Weather 2015 Georgia Tbilisi
Flooding in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, claimed more than a dozen lives in summer 2015. Source: FOX

Summer Weather 2015 Georgia Tbilisi Flooded Zoo
The major flood allowed a number of dangerous and exotic zoo animals to escape, and at least one person was killed by a loose zoo tiger. Many animals died at the zoo itself. Source: IB Times

Summer Weather 2015 California Drought
Although the California drought didn’t become critical in one summer, this year increasing temperatures and a lack of rainfall only made matters worse. Source: TIME

Summer Weather 2015 California Drought Worst
Despite local measures intended to ration water, the California drought continues to impact people statewide and beyond. Since many farms can no longer afford to water their crops, food prices continue to jump higher. Source: CNBC

Summer Weather 2015 Colorado Double Tornado
This massive double tornado was spotted in Colorado. The really weird part was that it was spinning clockwise, a rarity in the Northern Hemisphere. Source: Wired

Boston was pummeled with a golf ball-sized hail storm this August. Let's just say you wouldn't want to be caught outside without something more substantial than an umbrella:

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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