Billion Dollar Weather Disasters – Global warming is being blamed for bad disasters in the US related to weather, costing more than a billion dollars for each storm in 2011.
From tornadoes that slammed the midwest to flooding to snowfall, drought, wildfires, and hurricanes, there have been a dozen disasters this year that have cost more then ever before even when adjusted for inflation.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has listed 12 distinct wether related disasters which all together caused 52 billion dollars worth of damage. The previous record was 9 disasters in 2008 each costing over at least 1 billion.
Also lost were more than 1,000 lives that could be blamed for the weather events, according to National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes.
Scientist explain that there are a couple reasons as to why 2011 was a record breaker. They first blame global warming for the more extreme wearer events. Then when you add the fact that more people are living in areas prone to such events due to population growth you get the perfect combination for excessive damage.
“The degree of devastation is extreme in and of itself, and it would be tempting to say it’s a sign of things to come, though we would be hard-pressed to see such a convergence of circumstances occurring in one single year again for a while,” said Jerry Meehl, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
This past years US weather disasters tallied more monetary damage then occurred in the decade of the 1980’s all together.