The most visible consequences of global warming would be increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Several studies have found that the number of heat waves, major hurricanes, and heavy downpour has increased in the past couple of decades. It would not be wrong to suggest that the strength of these extreme weather events has increased as well.
Extreme weather events have been known to cause severe damage, social disruptions, and loss of life as well. There have been three categories for assessing the severe weather events. These would be inclusive of approaching severe, severe, and significantly severe.