10 Jan '18, 8pm

2017: Disastrously Costly Extreme Weather

2017: Disastrously Costly Extreme Weather

I just attended the 2018 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting , where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that 2017 shattered all records for the most costly extreme weather year in United States history. If you thought 2017 seemed like a monstrous year for extreme weather events—from horrible hurricanes, to a seemingly endless western wildfire season, to drought, powerful wind storms, extreme rainfall, and flooding—you were right. The map below from NOAA shows the geographic spread of the 16 events that each topped $1 billion in damages, and together cost over $306 billion in damage, an all-time high. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2018 Since 1980, when record-keeping began, the country has seen 219 weather-related disasters exceeding $1 billion. Their total costs exceed $1.5 trillion . That’s a l...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/kim-knowlton/2017-disastrous...

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