Topics » Business & Economy   Dec. 9, 2011

Weather's Dozen: 2011 Breaks U.S. Billion-Dollar Disaster Record

Billion-Dollar Disasters

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Billion-Dollar Disasters

From 1980 through November 2011, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center tracked the number of weather events that exceeded $1 billion, and also showed the actual cost and the cost as adjusted for inflation. There are more and more such events each decade.

"Part of the increase is that we are seeing more extreme weather more often, and also as a society we're growing steadily and we're also becoming increasingly reliant on a more sophisticated infrastructure. In areas where we have more people and more things, all of that is in weather's way," Christopher Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service at NOAA, told us.

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