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(By Kiri Picone via All-that-is-interesting)


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:

1. About 7,000 firefighters are fighting to snuff out the 14 major wildfires that are torching California. (Source: NPR)

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2. One of the wildfires is so massive that it has its own wind patterns. ( Source: Aljazeera)

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3. 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)

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4. 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)

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5. 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)

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6. Temperatures are so hot---reaching as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit in places like New Delhi---that roads have actually begun melting. (Source: ABC)

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7. The extreme heat in India has greatly impacted farmers like this one, whose lands are dried up. (Source: TIME)

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8. Pakistan also faced an extreme heat wave this summer. Here, Pakistanis cool off in a local canal. (Source: Mashable)

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9. 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)

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10. 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)

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11. 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)

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12. Mexican authorities worry that these eruptions may be leading up to an even larger eruption in the future. (Source: The Geology Flannelcast)

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