NOAA: 2020 Record For Billion Dollar Weather And Climate Disasters
A RECORD NUMBER OF BILLION-DOLLAR WEATHER AND CLIMATE DISASTERS WERE REPORTED IN US IN 2020
(CNN) – 2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons and now a record number of billion dollar weather and climate disasters in the U.S. can be added to the list.
22 separate weather and climate disasters costing over one billion dollars each happened last year.
That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.
The cumulative cost of these disasters in 2020 is $95 billion.
Last year’s costliest event was hurricane Laura with $19 billion in damage followed by the historic western wildfires.
2020 saw dozens of wildfire records set across California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.
While many want to single out climate change as the chief culprit for these disasters, a NOAA climatologist says there are other factors to consider such as population, more homes and businesses that could be destroyed and where we build and how we build.