Every year it seems as if we can count on this year being “one of the worst on record” for wildfires, hurricanes, and just about any other type of extreme weather event imaginable. And while there’s clear, mounting evidence that extreme weather events are growing more damaging and more frequent, 2020 presents a particularly difficult challenge.
Local economies already reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are bracing for upcoming extreme weather seasons. With millions of local businesses already struggling to survive, we wanted to take a closer look at how local businesses are impacted by extreme weather events.
The Womply research team examined credit card transaction data in zip codes affected by major wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and winter storms.
We then identified the date each extreme weather event began (when a hurricane made landfall, when a wildfire began, etc.), and crunched the numbers to determine the following: