Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Smashes U.S. Record

America's wild weather year has hit yet another new high: a devastating dozen billion-dollar catastrophes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that it has recalculated the number of weather disasters passing the billion dollar mark, with two new ones, pushing 2011's total to 12. The two costly additions are the Texas, New Mexico and Arizona wildfires and the mid June tornadoes and severe weather.

The nation's weather service chief said destructive and relentless extreme weather in America has killed more than 1,000 people this year. The dozen billion dollar disasters add up to $52 billion in damages.

There were as many billion-dollar weather disasters this year as in the entire decade of the 1980s.

Scientists blame a combination of global warming and freak weather.

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  • by JusticeForAll on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    Is that Billion dollar figure in property damage based on current market values, or the assessed values of those properties for tax purposes that were greatly inflated during the "bubble"? if this same storm had hit these same properties 10 years ago, the damage would have been under $250 million because of the artificially inflated prices. It's not the storms that caused this huge figure--it was Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citi. The out-of-control criminal speculators and manipulators on Wall Street have been more destructive to the wealth and security of America in the last 10 years than ANY storm in the history of our nation...
  • by Population Control on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    God's just doing his job. I'd bet the tsunami was one of the worst of the decade.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 09:54 PM in reply to Population Control
      You don't have to bet or guess at it if you watched the film and saw the news.. there hasn't been anything else like it in the last decade, no.

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