Weather record tied: Most billion-dollar disasters

(AP) -- This crazy year of weather extremes has tied another record: this one for most billion-dollar weather disasters.

The says nine weather disasters this year have each caused more than $1 billion in damage. That ties 2008. And this year isn't near finished.

Weather Service Director Jack Hayes says the peak of is just starting and the United States seems overdue for a hurricane smacking the coast.

The government has been tracking billion-dollar weather disasters for 30 years and the country normally averages about three a year.

The billion-dollar disasters included two floods, five tornado outbreaks and a blizzard. This year severe thunderstorms have also cost $20 billion, double what's normal.

Hayes said his office will emphasize making the nation better prepared for weather disasters.


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Aug 17, 2011
Thanks for the report.

Yes, we do seem to have experienced unusual weather and seismic activity.

How much of this perception results from increased communications about events that we had little or no information from in the past?

Unfortunately, confidence in government reports has been damaged by well-documented misleading information about CO2-induced global warming.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo


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