If you feel like major hurricanes, storms, and fires are becoming more frequent and more destructive today, you’ve got good reason. 2020 sets the new annual record of 22 events – shattering the previous annual record of 16 events that occurred in 2011 and 2017.
2020 is the sixth consecutive year (2015-2020) in which 10 or more billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events have impacted the United States.
In 2020, there were 22 weather/climate disaster events in the U.S. with losses exceeding $1 billion each. These events included 13 severe storm events, 7 tropical cyclone events, 1 drought event, and 1 wildfire event.
Over the last 41 years (1980-2020), the years with 10 or more separate billion-dollar disaster events include 1998, 2008, 2011-2012, and 2015-2020.
Since 1980 the U.S. has experienced 279 weather and climate disasters where costs have reached or exceeded $1 billion (adjusted for inflation). In total, the cost of these 279 events exceeds $1.825 trillion.