WASHINGTON – America was hit with a record 12 weather disasters this year that each caused at least $1 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
— Wildfires in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona from spring to fall. Losses are more than $1 billion, with at least five deaths.
— Hurricane Irene along most of the East Coast in August. Losses exceed $7.3 billion with at least 45 deaths.
— Flooding in the upper Midwest along the Missouri and Souris Rivers over the summer. Damage is more than $2 billion, with at least five deaths.
— Flooding on the Mississippi River in spring and summer. Losses are $3 billion to $4 billion with at least two deaths.
— Drought and heat wave in the southern Plains and Southwest from spring to fall. Losses are near $10 billion.
— Tornadoes and severe storms in the Midwest and Southeast June 18-22. They cause more than $1.3 billion in damage and kill at least three people.
— Twisters in the Midwest and Southeast May 22-27. These kill 177 people and cause more than $9.1 billion in damage.
— Tornadoes in the Southeast and Ohio Valley April 25-28. These kill 321 people and cause more than $10.2 billion in damage.
— Tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast April 14-16. These leave 38 people dead and cause more than $2.1 billion in damage.
— Tornadoes in the Southeast and Midwest April 8-11. These cause more than $2.2 billion in damage.
— Tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast April 4 and 5. These inflict more than $2.8 billion in damage and kill nine people.
— The Groundhog Day blizzard in the Midwest and Northeast. It kills 36 people and causes damage of more than $1.8 billion.