U.S. saw 7 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2013: “The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the Nation’s Scorekeeper in terms of addressing severe weather/climate events in their historical perspective. As part of its responsibility of monitoring and assessing the climate, NCDC tracks and evaluates climate events in the U.S. and globally that have great economic and societal impacts. NCDC is frequently called upon to provide summaries of global and U.S. temperature and precipitation trends, extremes, and comparisons in their historical perspective. Found here are the weather/climate events that have had the greatest economic impact from 1980 to 2013. The U.S. has sustained 151 weather/climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2013). The total cost of these 151 events exceeds $1 trillion.”
- See also U.S. Billion-dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Data Sources, Trends, Accuracy and Biases, Adam B. Smith, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina; Richard W. Katz, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.