NOAA – “The U.S. has sustained 341 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2022). The total cost of these 341 events exceeds $2.475 trillion. In 2022, there were 18 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 1 flooding event, 11 severe storm events, 3 tropical cyclone events, 1 wildfire event, and 1 winter storm event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 474 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The 1980–2022 annual average is 7.9 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2018–2022) is 17.8 events (CPI-adjusted).”
- Includes data on: Drought; Flooding; Freeze; Severe Storm; Tropical Cyclone; Wildfire; and Winter Storm. Also includes data by region and individual states as well as CPI-Adjusted and Unadjusted
- Please see Calculating the Cost of Weather and Climate Disasters for more information.
- Or download a recent presentation: Smith, A., 2022: 2021 U.S. Billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in historical context and new hazard and socioeconomic risk mapping. April 2022, AMS Washington Forum, Washington, DC.
- For more in-depth analysis, the following report offers the latest summary on the 2021 U.S. billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in historical context
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