Skip to main content

Weather disasters cost $110 billion in 2012

By Melissa Gray, CNN
updated 5:40 PM EDT, Mon June 17, 2013
A home that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy sits in ruin in Mantoloking, New Jersey, on November 12, 2012. There were 11 disaster events in 2012, each one causing more than $1 billion in damages, the <a href='http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/ncdc-releases-2012-billion-dollar-weather-and-climate-disasters-information' target='_blank'>National Climatic Data Center</a> said. Sandy's costs are estimated to be the highest at about $65 billion in losses, the center said. A home that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy sits in ruin in Mantoloking, New Jersey, on November 12, 2012. There were 11 disaster events in 2012, each one causing more than $1 billion in damages, the National Climatic Data Center said. Sandy's costs are estimated to be the highest at about $65 billion in losses, the center said.
HIDE CAPTION
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
Billion-dollar weather disasters of 2012
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There were 11 major disaster events last year
  • Each one cost more than $1 billion in damages
  • Superstorm Sandy and the yearlong drought were the costliest

(CNN) -- From Superstorm Sandy and last year's drought to tornadoes, wildfires and a hurricane, the weather and climate disasters of 2012 caused more than $110 billion in damages, making it one of the costliest years on record for weather events, national climate data show.

There were 11 disaster events last year, each one causing more than $1 billion in damages, the National Climatic Data Center said. Since 1980, only 2005 had a higher damage total at $160 billion, according to the center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The high cost of weather disasters

The two most expensive disasters were Sandy, which caused about $65 billion in losses, and the yearlong drought, which cost about $30 billion, the center said. The drought, which affected more than half the country for most of 2012, also led to several wildfires and a fatal heatwave, the center said.

Low river level reveals historic ship

Among the other major disasters of 2012 were tornadoes in the Southeast, Ohio Valley, Texas and the Midwest, along with Hurricane Isaac and severe storms across the country.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT