Feds list billion-dollar weather and climate disasters

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On August 6, the National Climatic Data Center released updated information on 2013 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters and several new tools to assist users in analyzing the data.

The agency is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

These new features allow users to better explore the type, frequency and cost of U.S. billion-dollar events by state and year, from 1980 to 2013.

Based on updated financial information, NOAA is adding two new disasters to the 2013 total to include an Illinois Flooding and Severe Weather that occurred April 16-19, 2013, and a Midwest Severe Weather event that occurred August 6-7, 2013.

This brings the total number of 2013 billion-dollar weather and climate events to nine with a cost of damages from them estimated at $23 billion.

NOAA also reanalyzed the entire period of record to examine events that were close to $1 billion threshold. Based on this reanalysis, 17 were added events to the entire period of record dating back to 1980, including several drought in the early part of the record.

More details and the new web tools are available from: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/.


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