smoke over US West coast from satellite
January 8, 2021

2020 smashed the previous record for billion-dollar weather and climate disasters. NCEI's Adam Smith gives us a full accounting of the year's events. 

satellite image of Hurricane Dorian over the Bahamas
January 8, 2020

In 2019,  the U.S. experienced 14 separate disasters costing at least a billion dollars each. Since 1980, 258 billion-dollar disasters have brought damages in excess of $1.75 trillion.  

U.S. Army Sgt. Rodrigo Estrada of the California Army National Guard's 649th Engineer Company, 579th Engineer Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, from Chico, California, leads a team conducting search and debris clearing operations, Nov. 17, 2018.
February 7, 2019

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks U.S. weather and climate events that have great economic and societal impacts. Since 1980, the U.S. has sustained 241 weather and climate disasters where the overall damage costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index, as of January 2019). The cumulative cost for these 241 events exceeds $1.6 trillion.

January 8, 2018

Counting the California wildfires as a single event, the U.S. experienced 16 weather or climate disasters costing at least $1 billion dollars, tying the year with 2011. Total estimated cost was a record-setting $306.2 billion.

January 9, 2017

2016 saw 15 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion. How does that compares to history, and which disaster type was especially disruptive during the year?