U.S. lost $306 billion because of Weather and Climate Disasters in 2017 (INFOGRAPHIC)


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The most costly year

New researchers report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed record-breaking figures of damage due to climate events in the U.S.

According to the report, in 2017 there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.

Source: NOAA

A disastrous hurricane season combined with wildfires and other extreme weather events inflicted a record-setting toll on the U.S. in 2017, with 16 billion-dollar weather and climate events costing a total of $306 billion in damage. These events took lives of 362 people.

The sum is really impressive if compared to the previous costliest year for the U.S. (2005), when losses totaled $215 billion, largely due to the three major hurricane strikes of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.


The most costly disasters

According to the NCDA, tropical cyclones are the most costly of the weather and climate disasters. Not including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, 2017 year 35 tropical cyclones have caused at least $583.5 billion in total damages—with an average of $16.7 billion per event.


Hurricane Harvey, which caused the most extreme rainstorm ever observed in the U.S., had total costs of $125 billion, just behind Hurricane Katrina (2005) in the 38-year period of record for billion-dollar disasters. Insurance companies are still tallying the damage for some of these events, so these costs may yet rise further.

Global warming works?

As it was reported, the reason for such spike in costs for 2017 isn’t directly tied to global warming, but more likely and more severe due to climate change. This could, in turn, make such disasters more expensive, depending on how vulnerable the impacted areas.

“Climate change is also playing an increasing role in the increasing frequency of some types of extreme weather that lead to billion-dollar disasters,” wrote Adam B. Smith of NOAA in a blog post. “Most notably the rise in vulnerability to drought, lengthening wildfire seasons and the potential for extremely heavy rainfall and inland flooding events are most acutely related to the influence of climate change.”

There is some uncertainty associated with the billion-dollar event estimates, given that NOAA is drawing from about a dozen databases, from private insurance company figures to public data from the federal government.

The costs do not include ancillary costs of these events, such as health care, including mental health care that may be needed for storm survivors for years after an event.

Furthermore, the death toll from Hurricane Maria is still being tabulated, as are the costs, so these figures are likely to be updated in the future.

“They really are a low point to the true costs that are probably harder to calculate,” Smith said during a press conference from the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

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