Climate Restoration & Resilience Now: NOAA documents 2020 & 2021 as two most costly years in American history for disasters

In 2021, there were 20 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States.

The U.S. has sustained 310 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2021). The total cost of these 310 events exceeds $2.155 trillion.

These events included 1 drought event, 2 flooding events, 11 severe storm events, 4 tropical cyclone events, 1 wildfire event, and 1 winter storm event.

Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 688 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

The 1980–2021 annual average is 7.4 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2017–2021) is 17.2 events (CPI-adjusted).

Graphic courtesy of NOAA.

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