Astoundingly, a record-breaking 17.3 inches of rain fell Monday on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, triggering flash floods that killed 18 people and left 2,700 homeless.
Astoundingly, late-season twisters swept America's Midwest Sunday, killing eight and leaving horrendous losses in communities rendered into rubble.
Astoundingly, the strongest storm in history shattered parts of the Philippines, killing at least 5,000 and devastating the economy.
What horrifying weather calamity will kill families and wreck communities next week, or next month? Climate disasters have become routine in daily news.
The latest wave of tragedies hit just as the World Bank issued a report saying violent weather losses -- mostly blamed on global warming, which is caused by carbon pollution in the "greenhouse" layer of the sky -- have climbed from $50 billion yearly in the 1980s to $200 billion a year today.
This relentless array of death and destruction makes millions of people wonder if humanity is polluting itself into ruin.