Even though we still have two weeks to go, 2011 has already experienced the costliest year of weather disasters in decades:
From extreme drought, heat waves and floods to unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms, a record 12 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each caused $1 billion or more in damages — and most regrettably, loss of human lives and property.
The Illinois State Climatologist adds:
We also experienced some $50 billion in total losses for the year. And that is with a fairly quiet hurricane season. Some of those billion dollar disasters had direct impacts on Illinois, including the February blizzard, and the spring flooding.
NOAA has art:
For photos from the first weather disaster of 2011, check out our archives.