The world's getting hotter and the weather more extreme. There has been a huge uptick in the number — and severity — of weather events driven by climate change. Here's a collection of photos chronicling some of the most dramatic weather incidents of 2022. <br><br> An aerial picture taken on September 30, 2022 shows the only access to the Matlacha neighborhood destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla.
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Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida on Sept. 28, 2022 as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds. Ian claimed more than 100 lives, dumped over 28 inches of rain and resulted in record storm surges that devastated coastal communities. The powerful storm tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S.
An aerial view of damaged properties after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Sept. 30, 2022.
Flash flooding from heavy rains has destroyed homes, villages and crops, leaving many residents stranded and thousands displaced. Pakistani officials estimate the economic damage at $10 billion. <br><br> More than 1,160 people have been killed in flooding across Pakistan since mid-June, officials said on Aug. 31, 2022. Over 33 million people have been affected by the floods, and the Pakistani climate minister called the unprecedented monsoon season "a serious climate catastrophe." <br><br> Displaced people wait to receive relief food boxes in Pakistan, Aug. 29, 2022.
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Flooded residential areas after heavy monsoon rains in Jaffarabad, Pakistan, Aug. 31, 2022.
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Heavy rain, thunder and lightning have battered South Korea's central area since Aug. 8 2022, damaging thousands of buildings and roads, and killing nine people, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
The area has received more than 5 inches of rain in an hour, setting the highest hourly rainfall rate for the region. More than 20 inches of rain had been measured in Seoul's Dongjak district between Aug. 8-10, 2022. <br><br>
A bridge is submerged by torrential rain from the previous day at Han River in Seoul, Aug. 9, 2022.
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Muddy water floods a swimming area as a nearby river overflowed amid torrential rain, in Chuncheon in Seoul, Aug, 10, 2022.
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People work to clear a house from a bridge in Whitesburg, Ky., July 29 2022, after historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky left dozens dead and hundreds displaced as flash floods lifted homes from their foundations.
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Members of the Tennessee Task Force One search and rescue team wade through the debris-filled Troublesome Creek, after a search dog detected the scent of a potential victim in Perry County, Ky., July 31, 2022.
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UK Heat Wave
A heat wave in the United Kingdom has been linked to climate change, following wildfires and soaring deadly temperatures in France, Portugal and Spain. The U.K. hit its highest temperature on record July 19, 2022, breaking 104 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time, after government officials declared a national emergency and issued unprecedented health warnings.
<br><br>A police officer gives water to a British soldier wearing a traditional bearskin hat, on guard duty outside Buckingham Palace, during hot weather in London, July 18, 2022.
UK Heat Wave
A polar bear at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, U.K., keeps cool in a lake, as the park is temporarily closed due to the hot weather.
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Bangladesh is prone to monsoon rains and landslides, but officials are calling the extreme flooding that hit the northeast in mid-June 2022 the worst in more than a century. Dozens have died and millions have been left homeless.
A house in marooned by flood waters in Sylhet, Bangladesh, June 20, 2022.
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Rickshaws are seen on a street during heavy rains that caused widespread flooding in the northeastern part of the country, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 18, 2022.
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An atmospheric river, a narrow band of tropical moisture, inundated the Pacific Northwest in mid-June 2022. It brought several inches of rain to parts of northern Wyoming and southern Montana, coinciding with above-normal temperatures that caused snowmelt. Extreme rain and melting snow led to catastrophic flooding at Yellowstone National Park. On June 13, park officials closed Yellowstone, evacuating more than 10,000 visitors due to safety concerns over flooding and rockslides. <br> <br> A house that was pulled into Rock Creek in Red Lodge, Mont., by raging floodwaters is seen June 14, 2022.
The roaring Yellowstone River is seen from the air sweeping over trees and near homes, June 14, 2022, in Billings, Mont.
South Africa Flooding
Deemed one of the worst weather storms in the history of the country, devastating floods continue to wreak havoc in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
The disaster has claimed the lives of hundreds as some areas saw six months' worth of rainfall in one day. Some scientists have warned that climate change is fueling heavier rainfall than usual in southern Africa.
A woman stands at her front door after heavy rains caused flood damage in KwaNdengezi, Durban, South Africa, April 12, 2022.
South Africa Flooding
Residents watch containers that fell over at a container storage facility following heavy rains and winds in Durban, South Africa, April 12, 2022.
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New Delhi Heat Wave
The India Meteorological Department forecast that the temperature in New Delhi would reach 107.2 degrees Fahrenheit on April 11, 2022. Swathes of northern and western India have experienced extreme temperatures in April, with Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi among the worst affected. Higher temperatures were also felt in relatively cooler Indian-controlled Kashmir in the Himalayas, where many Indians go to escape the summer heat. Already this year, India has recorded its warmest March since 1901. <br> <br> A man fills fresh water at a crossing in New Delhi, April 11, 2022.
New Delhi Heat Wave
Workers sleep in a shade of a tree as a heat wave continues to lash the capital, in New Delhi, April 11, 2022.
A record of at least 218 tornadoes touched down in the United States in March, according to the National Weather Service. One tornado outbreak alone caused nearly 70 twisters across five states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The strongest tornado on record for the New Orleans area was an EF3, with winds up to 160 mph that left severe damage across St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. <br><br> A woman walks through a destroyed home in the aftermath of a tornado in Round Rock, Texas, March 22, 2022.
Four-year-old Jackson Zoller excitedly hands family friend Elena Ozuna, 17, a doll while hunting for what he said was "treasure" in the remains of his neighbor's home which was leveled by a tornado in Arabi, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, March 24, 2022.
Southwestern U.S. Drought
A megadrought that has been affecting the southwestern United States for at least two decades is causing the region to experience its driest conditions in 1,200 years, according to new research. Researchers estimated that 42% of the drought’s severity is due to higher temperatures caused by greenhouse gasses accumulating in the atmosphere. <br><br>A rainbow hangs over Lake Powell, March 28, 2022, in Page, Arizona.
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Southwestern U.S. Drought
Dusk falls over the Borrego Badlands in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is threatened by climate change, March 23, 2022, near Borrego Springs, Calif.
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In March, flooding stretched almost 1,000 miles along the eastern coast of Australia. Weeks of torrential downpours in parts of Queensland and New South Wales states swept away farms, drowned livestock and submerged roads, cutting off towns. Emergency services estimated that around 60,000 people in New South Wales were under evacuation orders, urging residents to follow them. Sydney and some of its suburbs were hard hit. <br> <br> An aerial drone view of houses inundated by floodwater on March 7, 2022 in Woodburn, Australia.
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Flooding in the town of Lismore after heavy rains in northeastern New South Wales, Australia, Feb. 28, 2022.
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