The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association released a report December 20 concluding that the United States experienced 11 extreme weather and climate events in 2012 that cost $1 billion or more, including seven severe weather/tornado events, two tropical storm/hurricane events, and the yearlong drought and related wildfires. The events caused 349 deaths, and though the agency is not yet able to estimate the total economic losses from this year’s events, it expects the figure to be higher than 2011’s $60 billion.
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