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    Billion Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    National Climatic Data Center

    The U.S. has sustained 133 weather/climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2012). The total standardized losses for the 133 events exceed $875 billion.

    TRACKING AND EVALUATING U.S. BILLION DOLLAR WEATHER DISASTERS, 1980-2005 pdf

    Neal Lott, Tom Ross

    NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center,
    Asheville, North Carolina

    Event    
    Summary    
    Estimated Cost in Billions USD      
    Deaths

    Southern Plains/Southwest Drought & Heat Wave†
    2011
    Drought and heat wave conditions created major impacts across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Kansas, and western Louisiana. In Texas and Oklahoma, a majority of range and pastures were classified in "very poor" condition for much of the 2011 crop growing season.    
    $12.0 (12.2)    
    95

    Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest†
    April 25-28, 2011
    Outbreak of tornadoes over central and southern states (AL, AR, LA, MS, GA, TN, VA, KY, IL, MO, OH, TX,OK) with an estimated 343 tornadoes. The deadliest tornado of the outbreak, an EF-5, hit northern Alabama, killing 78 people. Several major metropolitan areas were directly impacted by strong tornadoes including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Huntsville in Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee, causing the estimated damage costs to soar.    
    $10.2 (10.4)    
    321

    Hurricane Irene†
    August 2011
    Category 1 hurricane made landfall over coastal NC and moved northward along the Mid-Atlantic Coast (NC, VA, MD, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT) causing torrential rainfall and flooding across the Northeast. Wind damage in coastal NC, VA, and MD was moderate with considerable damage resulting from falling trees and power lines, while flooding caused extensive flood damage across NJ, NY, and VT. Over seven million homes and businesses lost power during the storm. Numerous tornadoes were also reported in several states further adding to the damage.    
    $9.8 (10.0)    
    45

    Midwest/Southeast†
    May 22-27, 2011
    Outbreak of tornadoes over central and southern states (MO, TX, OK, KS, AR, GA, TN, VA, KY, IN, IL, OH, WI, MN, PA) with an estimated 180 tornadoes. Notably, an EF-5 tornado struck Joplin, MO resulting in at least 160 deaths, making it the deadliest single tornado to strike the U.S. since modern tornado record keeping began in 1950.    
    $9.1 (9.3)    
    177

    Mississippi River flooding†
    May 2011
    Persistent rainfall (nearly 300 percent normal precipitation amounts in the Ohio Valley) combined with melting snowpack caused historical flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Examples of economic damage include: $500 (510.0) million to agriculture in Arkansas; $320 (326.4) million in damage to Memphis, Tennessee; $800 (816.0) million to agriculture in Mississippi; $317 (323.3) million to agriculture and property in Missouri's Birds Point-New Madrid Spillway; $80 (81.6) million for the first 30 days of flood fighting efforts in Louisiana.    
    $3.0 (3.1)    
    7

    Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes†
    April 4-5, 2011
    Outbreak of tornadoes over central and southern states (KS, MO, IA, IL, WI, KY, GA, TN, NC, SC) with an estimated 46 tornadoes.    
    $2.8 (2.9)    
    9

    Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes†
    April 8-11, 2011
    Outbreak of tornadoes over central and southern states (NC, SC, TN, AL, TX, OK, KS, IA, WI) with an estimated 59 tornadoes.    
    $2.2    
    0

    Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes†
    April 14-16, 2011
    Outbreak of tornadoes over central and southern states (OK, TX, AR, MS, AL, GA, NC, SC, VA, PA) with an estimated 177 tornadoes.    
    $2.1    
    38

    Missouri River flooding†
    Summer 2011
    Melting of an above-average snow pack across the Northern Rocky Mountains combined with above-average precipitation caused the Missouri and Souris Rivers to swell beyond their banks across the Upper Midwest (MT, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO). An estimated 11,000 people were forced to evacuate Minot, North Dakota due to the record high water level of the Souris River, where 4,000 homes were flooded. Numerous levees were breached along the Missouri River, flooding thousands of acres of farmland.    
    $2.0    
    5

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