Data shows 2011 a record-breaking year for extreme weather
By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, January 19, 2012
WASHINGTON — Last year broke records for extreme weather in the United States, with 14 events each causing at least a billion dollars in damage, US authorities said on Thursday.
Also, 2011 marked 35 years in a row that global temperatures have been warmer than average, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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“It was extraordinary regarding major weather and climate disasters in particular in our country, from tornadoes to droughts to floods and extreme storms,” she told reporters.
“America endured an unusually large number of extreme events causing damages totaling more than $55 billion dollars.”
Sullivan said a series of factors contributed to the high costs of bad weather, including that there are more “people and infrastructure in harm’s way.”