WASHINGTON — 2011 has established a new benchmark for billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the U.S. has experienced the most billion dollar weather disasters on record this year. NOAA is listing 12 such events, including a blizzard, deadly tornado outbreaks, historic heat wave, drought, wildfire, and floods, have occurred, resulting in approximately $52 billion in aggregated damages.
Today, December 7,2011, NOAA added 2 more catastropic events to its previous list of 10 events. This record year breaks the previous record of nine billion-dollar weather/climate disasters in one year, which occurred in 2008.
Previously only 10 events were reported; the two new billion-dollar weather and climate events added to the 2011 total include:
The Texas, New Mexico, Arizona wildfires event, now exceeding $1 billion, had been previously accounted for in the larger Southern Plains drought and heatwave event. This is in line with how NOAA has traditionally accounted for large wildfire events as separate events.
The June 18-22 Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather event, which just recently exceeded the $1 billion threshold
Here’s NOAA’s full list of 2011 billion dollar weather disasters:
Texas, New Mexico, Arizona Wildfires Spring-Fall 2011
Hurricane Irene August 20-29, 2011
Upper Midwest Flooding Summer, 2011
Mississippi River flooding Spring-Summer, 2011
Southern Plains/Southwest Drought and Heatwave Spring-Fall, 2011
Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather June 18-22, 2011
Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes May 22-27, 2011
Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes April 25-28, 2011
Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes April 14-16, 2011
Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes April 8-11, 2011
Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes April 4-5
Groundhog Day Blizzard Jan 29-Feb 3, 2011
NOAA’s billion dollar weather disaster tally may be conservative. In addition to those disasters documented by NOAA, based on an analysis performed by reinsurer AON Benfield the Northeast snowstorm of October 29 and three other extreme weather disasters should be added to their list.
All in all, not a good. It’s possible NOAA’s list may grow. The agency says it’s still analyzing the damage from some of these events and the year is not yet over.
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