In the United States, the first six months of 2016 have been marked by an above-average number of severe weather events, each costing at least $1 billion in damages.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. has already seen eight weather and climate-related disasters that have resulted in a collected $13.1 billion in damages, as well as 30 deaths.
Compare this to 2015, where the country experienced a total of 10 individual billion-dollar disasters. Most of this year’s events occurred throughout the spring, hitting Texas particularly hard:
- February 22-24 – Southeast/Eastern tornadoes
- March 8-12 – Texas & Louisiana flooding
- March 17-18 – Southern severe weather
- March 23-24 – North Texas hail storm
- April 10-12 – North/Central Texas hail storm
- April 17-18 – Houston flooding
- April 26-May 2 – South/Southeast tornadoes
- May 21-26 – Rockies/Central tornadoes & severe storms
The highest year in recent record was 2011, which saw 16 costly extreme weather events.