The U.S. has sustained 254 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2019). The total cost of these 254 events exceeds $1.7 trillion.
So far in 2019 (as of October 8), there have been 10 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included 3 flooding events, 5 severe storm events, and 2 tropical cyclone events. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 39 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The 1980–2018 annual average is 6.3 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2014–2018) is 12.6 events (CPI-adjusted).
Iowa Billion dollar disasters
Illinois Billion dollar disasters
There is a high likelihood that increased water vapor from climate change is at least partially responsible for the jump. Of course, a growing population, especially in vulnerable areas is also a factor. Any thoughts drop them into the comment section below. If you are not a member of the forum just sign up. It's free and you can be a part of our family of contributors.
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