It’s official: 2017 was the costliest year on record for natural disasters in the United States, with a price tag of at least $306 billion. I know
some of you will simply claim this is just "weather"... but the costs are starting to add up. This is almost half of our annual DOD budget, might want
to save some money for a rainy day (pun intended)
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tracks billion-dollar disasters, reported in January that the record total came from 16
separate events with damages exceeding $1 billion. If that seems shocking, consider some of the record-breaking weather events that came our way:
California was drenched in the wettest winter on record, ending years of drought.
Then came California’s most destructive and largest wildfire season ever. The Tubbs Fire in Northern California killed 22 people and damaged more
than 5,600 structures.
Hurricane Harvey broke a rainfall record for a single tropical storm with more than 4 feet of rain.
Puerto Rico is still mired in the longest blackout in US history after Hurricane Maria struck three months ago. More than 1,000 are estimated to have
died in the storm and its aftermath.
2017 was the third-hottest year on record. San Francisco reported its highest temperature ever, 106 degrees Fahrenheit, while other parts of the
countryset records for high-temperature streaks. For states like Arizona and South Carolina, 2017 was the warmest year ever.
14 places across Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas reported record-high water levels during floods in April and May.
Requests for federal disaster aid jumped tenfoldcompared to 2016, with 4.7 million people registering with the Federal Emergency Management
edit on 31-3-2018 by Harpua because: (no reason given)