Eleven weather and climate disasters topped $1 billion in damages in the U.S. in 2012, according to a preliminary count by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Beyond the monetary cost, the disasters were responsible for 349 deaths. The deadliest was Sandy with 131 lives lost. The summer heat wave was second with at least 121 deaths, although the exact number of heat stress deaths is not known.
Southeast/Ohio Valley Tornadoes
Great Plains Tornadoes
Midwest/Ohio Valley Severe Weather
Southern Plains/Midwest/Northeast Severe Weather
Rockies/Southwest Severe Weather
Plains/East/Northeast Severe Weather (“Derecho”)
Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast (Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/New Jersey National Guard, Wikimedia Commons)