Gallery: 2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly...

 

The cleanup cost for extreme weather events in 2012 makes this year the second most costly in US history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week. There were 11 natural disasters this year that cost at least $1 billion, The Guardian reports, but damage from Hurricane Sandy and ongoing drought have been the most expensive with Sandy alone expected to hit the $100 billion mark.

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  1. styledoggie December 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    This is as much a measure of increasing wealth as storm severity. We have all kinds of stats on all kinds of ‘extreme weather’, but you won’t define and enumerate the events, which is the way to show if extreme event are increasing or decreasing over time. This is unscientific marketing – attempting to use disasters and people’s tendency to personalize them to show something is happening that isn’t happening. The weather is pretty much the same as it’s been since we started recording it.

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