The Dixie Fire, which has burned nearly 1 million acres across five California counties, devastated Greenville in August.

The 7 most devastating climate disasters of summer 2021

Updated 1414 GMT (2214 HKT) October 2, 2021

(CNN)The climate crisis ravaged the United States this summer. As the West struggled with unrelenting drought and dozens of wildfires, a deadly heat wave seared the Northwest in June. Months later, back-to-back hurricanes -- Henri and Ida -- slammed the Northeast, breaking all-time rainfall records.

Beyond the US, China and Germany experienced deadly flooding events in July, as Canada and southern Europe battled pernicious wildfires of their own. Meanwhile, precipitation at the summit of Greenland fell as rain and not snow for the first time on record.
"It was impossible to ignore climate change this summer," Rachel Licker, a senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, told CNN. "And unfortunately, this isn't a one-time thing ... this is what we can expect more of, especially if we don't get off fossil fuels and invest in measures to build our resilience as soon as possible."
After months of deadly extremes, Americans' feelings on the climate crisis has evolved dramatically. For the first time, a majority of Ame