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Last summer, record high temps across the country unleashed the Horsemen of the Apocalypse on the country — mostly in the form of catastrophic wildfires, droughts, and superstorms. Hold on to your butts: This summer could be worse. In an effort to know the enemy, we’ve created this Google disaster map to track the scars.

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But we’ve only scratched the surface: That’s where you come in. We’ve deliberately left this map open to the public so you, the informed Grist reader, can log heat-related mishaps in your ‘hood. A few rules: Add links, sources, and photos where you can — and keep it clean. (Your soaked underwear tally does not count as a national emergency.) Never mucked with a Google Map before? Learn more about how here.

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(Illustrations by Susie Cagle.)

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Susie Cagle

We’ll resurface this map as notable incidents hit — and when things cool down in autumn (oh, Decemberish). We hope to have a complete, geolocated picture of every incident that made this The Awful Summer That Was (or Wasn’t, if this climate thing blows over).

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