Nature pummeling U.S. with extremes

3 Sep 11 – This year, the U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes costing more than a billion dollars: five separate tornado outbreaks, two different major river floods in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River, drought in the Southwest, a billion-dollar blizzard that crippled the Midwest and Northeast, and Irene.

How soon we forget. A billion-dollar blizzard!

The East Coast got a double-whammy in one week with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed by a drenching from Irene.

“This is ridiculous,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who runs Weather Underground, a meteorology service that tracks strange and extreme weather.“I’m not used to seeing all these extremes all at once in one year.”

The insurance company Munich Re calculated that in the first six months of the year there have been 98 natural disasters in the United States, about double the average of the 1990s. Even before Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on pace to obliterate the record for declared disasters issued by state, reflecting both the geographic breadth and frequency of America’s problem-plagued year.

And there’s still four months left in the year.

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9 thoughts on “Nature pummeling U.S. with extremes”

  1. ‘The East Coast got a double-whammy in one week with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed by a drenching from Irene.’

    Don’t forget poor old Colorado — they had a 5.3 earthquake at the same time.

  2. Three years ago it came to me that we should store food. Since then I’ve encountered many that are doing just that. We receive eight inches of rain in one month, parts of May & June, and it covered a huge area of the state. A rancher about 90 miles NE of here recorded over 11 inches. If that was snow, the eastern half of Montana would have been snowed under. Fiddlin’

  3. Interesting, isn’t it? 10 major events that have each cost us over a billion dollars here in the US, we are in debt up to our armpits, if not higher, and we still spend billions of dollars of money we don’t have on foreign adventurism, but can’t find the money to help our own – FEMA is nearly out of money. Hard to believe that it is a higher priority to chase Gadaffi out of control in Libya then it is to help “joe Mainstreet” here in the devastated areas of the US.

  4. I predicted on Face Book before the year began that I “felt” it was North America’s turn for natural disasters.

  5. Here in pueblo colorado the 5.3 opened up a existing crack in my concrete drive way that will require attention before winter ice can heave it. Very minor, but who’d believe a earthquake would ever affect us here.

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