Woman's hand turning off the light
Woman's hand on a light switch showing that she is turning off the power and electricity to conserve energy

Earth, Environment, and Planetary Science’s Peter Whiting discusses storms stressing Ohio power grid

Storms strain Ohio’s electric grid, and climate change could make it worse

Energy News Network: The threat of more frequent and longer-lasting power outages to a system already affected by extreme weather was a key message from the Fourth National Climate Assessment released in 2018. The United States already had seen a jump in nationwide outage reports during the 2000s, compared to the 1980s and early 1990s, researchers for Climate Central reported in 2014. Peter Whiting, professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, said
“In a warmer climate when you have more opportunity to heat the atmosphere, you may get, in fact, more summer thunderstorms.”