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Author Topic: 2020 officially saw a record number of $1 billion weather and climate disasters.  (Read 325 times)

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Offline BeHappy

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OAA has had a chance to look back on all the weather and climate disasters of 2020. And like many other aspects of 2020, the numbers we're seeing aren't positive.

2020 officially broke the record for most $1 billion disasters. The 22 costliest events shattered numbers previously set by 16 separate billion-dollar disasters in 2011 and 2017.

Note: the record here is for the number of events. In terms of cost, 2020's $95 billion price tag ranks as the fourth costliest.

Hurricane Laura's damages came in at the highest price for 2020. In fact, seven of the 12 landfalling tropical systems caused at least $1 billion in damages, which is a record in itself.

Western wildfires were also extremely active in 2020, consuming nearly 10.3 million acres. This includes about 4% of California's total acreage.

To top it all off, 2020 ranked as the 5th warmest year on record for the contiguous U.S.. Here in the District, 2020 ranked as the 3rd warmest year, tying 2019 with an annual average temperature of 60.6 degrees.

There are many other notable records and statistics to come out of 2020. A deeper analysis is available as part of NOAA's annual assessment here.

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It should also be noted that the March tornadoes did between 1.5 and 2 Billion Dollars of Damage in Middle Tennessee.  That event wasn't too far away from the 2010 flood event in cost which was just over 2 Billion Dollars.   

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2020 is breaking records for all the wrong reasons. 
"For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.." 
Henry David Thoreau



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