2016: U.S. Has Already Seen 8 Billion-Dollar Disasters
In the United States, the first six months of 2016 have been marked by an above-average number of severe weather events, each costing at least $1 billion in damages.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. has already seen eight weather and climate-related disasters that have resulted in a collected $13.1 billion in damages, as well as 30 deaths.
Compare this to 2015, where the country experienced a total of 10 individual billion-dollar disasters. Most of this year’s events occurred throughout the spring, hitting Texas particularly hard:
The highest year in recent record was 2011, which saw 16 costly extreme weather events.