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2016: U.S. Has Already Seen 8 Billion-Dollar Disasters

July 29, 2016 Leave a comment dridrive

Debri in road during typhoonIn 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:

  • February 22-24 – Southeast/Eastern tornadoes
  • March 8-12 – Texas & Louisiana flooding
  • March 17-18 – Southern severe weather
  • March 23-24 – North Texas hail storm
  • April 10-12 – North/Central Texas hail storm
  • April 17-18 – Houston flooding
  • April 26-May 2 – South/Southeast tornadoes
  • May 21-26 – Rockies/Central tornadoes & severe storms

The highest year in recent record was 2011, which saw 16 costly extreme weather events.

NOAA Chart