The US experienced the most billion-dollar disasters ever in 2020, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The NOAA found that the US experienced 22 separate weather and climate disasters where the overall damage costs reached or exceeded $1 billion dollars, the most ever recorded. The year’s total surpasses the total in 2017 and 2011, during which Americans experienced $16 billion disasters.
Of the 22 events, 13 were linked to severe storms, seven were linked to tropical cyclones, and one each to drought and wildfires.
Scientists have warned that climate change could make extreme weather events more common in coming years. All 50 states have experienced at least one billion-dollar disaster since 1980.