08 Dec '11, 4pm

2011 was a record year for billion dollar #weather disasters. 65% of human weather deaths occurred in these events.

2011 was a record year for billion dollar #weather disasters. 65% of human weather deaths occurred in these events.

Texas Military Forces /CC BY-SA 2.0 You weren't just imagining it, 2011 has been a bad year for extreme weather in the United States. New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the US set a new record for damage from weather disasters, with 12 disasters causing more than a billion dollars each, for total damage of about $52 billion. This year broke the record set in 2008, when there were nine billion dollar-plus weather disasters. Data presented earlier in the year showed that the US was on track to set a new record this year. NOAA says the events that pushed the nation over the top were 1) damage calculations from the tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast which occurred back in June and now have crossed the billion dollar damage mark, and 2) separating out the wildfires in Texas , New Mexico and Arizona from the greater drought which hit...

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