The same weekend that the New York area dodged a bullet called Hurricane Henri, in Humphreys County, Tennessee, flash flooding, caused by the highest 24-hour rainfall ever recorded in the state, killed 20 people.

Across the globe this summer unprecedented floods and wildfires continue to kill, wreck the landscape, and signal the imminence of exponential catastrophes. From California’s fires to Germany’s floods, to the calamities in Turkey, Greece, and countless other places, the statistical records are falling like so many burning trees.