"U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Doubled In Last Decade: Report"

"The number of billion-dollar climate- and weather-related disasters in the United States more than doubled in the last decade, with costs soaring above $800 billion, according to a U.S. government report released on Wednesday.

The National Centers for Environmental Information’s annual climate report said last year was the second wettest on record in the contiguous United States, while average temperatures were above the 20th-century average despite being the coolest since 2014. Alaska, meanwhile, experienced its warmest year on record.

Between 2010 and 2019, there were 119 disasters such as floods, hurricanes and wildfires with losses exceeding $1 billion. That is more than double the 59 such events experienced between 2000 and 2009, the report said."

Nichola Groom reports for Reuters January 8, 2020.


"2019 Was Second Hottest Year on Record" (New York Times)

"2019: Second Wettest Year On Record" (E&E News PM)

Source: Reuters, 01/09/2020