The US Suffered 15 Billion-Dollar-Plus Weather Disasters In 2017

In the year that President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris accord and downplayed global warming as a security threat, the US received a harsh reminder of the perils of the rise in the planet’s temperature: a destructive rash of hurricanes, fires and floods.

According to Bloomberg, the US recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011, according to the federal government’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. And that tally doesn’t include the recent wildfires in southern California, one of which grew to be the largest fire in state history, according to Bloomberg.

Among the most devastating events were hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and wildfires in northern California. The killer storms caused economic losses of more than $210 billion in the U.S. and across the Caribbean, and about $100 billion in insured damages, according to Mark Bove, a senior research scientist with Munich Reinsurance America in Princeton, New Jersey.

A flooded street following Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Florida, Sept. 12.

These incidents also included hail in Colorado and Minnesota, tornado outbreaks across the Midwest and South, flooding that damaged a massive dam in California and triggered evacuations downstream. A lake-effect snowband off Lake Erie dumped 34 inches of snow at Pennsylvania’s Erie International Airport on Christmas Day, quadrupling the previous record from 2002, according to the Weather Channel.

Note: Data as of Oct. 6, CPI-adjusted. Costs of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria still being assessed.

There were many bizarre weather patterns around the country. In others, it was just downright odd, like the February warm spell that sent temperatures to a record 72 Fahrenheit (22 Celsius) in Burlington, Vermont, and spawned a tornado in Massachusetts.

“When all is said and done, this year is going to be one of the worst years on record for U.S. damages,” said Antonio Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Earlier this year, rain and snow that brought life to California hills parched by six years of drought foretold dangerous times. The moisture produced a bumper crop of grass and brush that then dried out, leaving ample fuel for wind-driven flames that burned large swaths of Napa and Sonoma counties in October and Santa Barbara and Ventura counties this month.

Those fires killed more than 40 people, making 2017 the deadliest year for Wildfires in California state history, in addition to being one of the most expensive.

Comments

ShrNfr Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:40 Permalink

Fine, and shit cost more last year than the year before too. Stuff happens. When you build on places that flood (Houston) or burn (Kalifornica) expect them to flood and burn from time to time.

 

The AMO is turning over. The next 40 years will see a decrease in temperatures. Sorry bout that, but it is that fucking thing in the sky that governs stuff, not somebody burning coal.

Parrotile shitshitshit Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

I'm surprised that there's no interest in the climatic effects of all those wars. Surely "someone with the right connections" should have been able to wangle a nice, significant chunk of Grant money to fund a suitably informative research programme - seems there's plenty of "money" to fund other nonsense, e.g. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275060

For added entertainment - these "Papers" really DID mange to get published. 

http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/11/13-of-the-dumbest-academic-papers-to-…

Scary stuff indeed . . . . . . 

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JRobby Parrotile Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:32 Permalink

There has always been tropical storms and cyclones. We experienced a long period with less land falling storms through God's will or chance depending on beliefs. The records of storms from 400 or so years ago when the Earth last went through a mini ice age are scarce.

Since we are beginning to enter another mini ice age, we will likely see the frequency of these storms decrease.

Climate is caused by the sun. Anyone who is pounding this global warming agenda forward and not making $coin$ off it like Al Gore, etc. is just a tool box imbecile with nomination potential for "poster person for euthanasia".

 

https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/solar-cycle-points-to-a-comi…

http://treeoflifecenterus.com/cycles-of-global-cooling-and-warming-what…

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/solar-activity-cold-temperatures-climate-c…

https://phys.org/news/2015-08-solar-decliningwhat.html

https://nextgrandminimum.wordpress.com/

http://ideonexus.com/2008/02/13/sun-spot-cycle-prompts-fears-of-global-…

 

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William Dorritt Pool Shark Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:45 Permalink

How much did the Feds pay out in energy project subsidies to the connected over the past 15 years, that is the question.

Who can forget Harry Reid's ChiCom General Partner that need the Bundy Ranch for his subsidized solar panel farm.

 

Solar panel fiasco

Wind farms that are idle

Insulating slum buildings using clueless workers

long list to be had.

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Endgame Napoleon William Dorritt Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:15 Permalink

OMG, here is where $80 billion of Obama’s stimulus money went, and yet, years after this $80 billion in seed money ballooned into a number that I just tried to add up from the list in this article to no avail, we see zero progress on global warming. All of this taxpayer money allocated to politically connected cronies, like friends of Bill. It was spent to advance green energy, but did nothing to protect us from one natural disaster after another. For adding trillions to the deficit, we got few to zero of the promised shovel-ready jobs, and the ones we got went to illegal aliens, getting welfare and child tax credits that, likewise, increased to a max of over $8,000 for more than 3 kids in Obama’s stimulus. This tax cut reminds me of the good old days. At least, it is not being sold as a way to combat nature’s ravages. 

https://www.google.com/search?biw=320&bih=460&ei=J-9HWp_GOMPgmwGiw6H4Ag…

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DosZap ShrNfr Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:23 Permalink

BINGO, we are heading into a GLOBAL CYCLICAL "COOL" down,No ONE can predict the weather,or why it changes.

If any of you saw Tucker Carlson last night(or night before), there was a lifelong Geologist on that DEBUNKED all these dolts claims.

Wildfires promote NEW growth and reforestation and is part of a healthy eco system, man has nothing to do with it.

We can control pollution,to a LARGE degree,but ONLY if the worst OFFENDERS will clean up their acts( China and India).

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DosZap ShrNfr Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:23 Permalink

BINGO, we are heading into a GLOBAL CYCLICAL "COOL" down,No ONE can predict the weather,or why it changes.

If any of you saw Tucker Carlson last night(or night before), there was a lifelong Geologist on that DEBUNKED all these dolts claims.

Wildfires promote NEW growth and reforestation and is part of a healthy eco system, man has nothing to do with it.

We can control pollution,to a LARGE degree,but ONLY if the worst OFFENDERS will clean up their acts( China and India).

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lew1024 ShrNfr Sat, 12/30/2017 - 18:51 Permalink

The implicit argument is that the fires and floods are part of a trend, but I see no evidence for that.

All of these were covered by insurance, so random-walk (well, except for the government's insurance programs, those are designed to pay off very frequently). Every year some of the insured events happen, some years more than others.

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nachochan ShrNfr Sat, 12/30/2017 - 21:46 Permalink

Actually the chart is misleading.  All the chart shows is the number of individual weather events that caused $1 billion or more and 2017 had alot of them.  As far as total cost from natural disasters go this year was peanuts compared the $200 billion dollar year of 2005 with Katrina.  

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DEMIZEN Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:45 Permalink

the houses are built out of shit and dust. medieval utility poles set on fire grass that sets on fire shanty town. 

 

what do you expect?

 

wethecom Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:46 Permalink

you can sit and watch the military bases do ionosphereic heating and 2 days later storm comes threw and destroys everything to the east...watch the radar maps

Dura_Ace wethecom Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:15 Permalink

the only thing worse than ignorant rants are those from guys that can't spell... threw--through??? ionosphereic -ionospheric??

WTF are you talking about anyway? Do you honestly think the military can do things to control the weather?? NOT. Although you can hold a sandwich up in front on a fixed phased array radar and heat it - just don't use your hand to hold it. Anything else?? belongs in a bad sy-fy tv channel movie.

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silverer Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:46 Permalink

I'd like to know how this would have been a $15 billion plus weather disaster if it occurred in the 1500's, before the white European empire builders settled in the US? Weather is only a "disaster" if it costs a human money. Nature could give a rat's ass.

Money_for_Nothing Sat, 12/30/2017 - 13:54 Permalink

Build in flood plains and filled in swamps. Depend on tax payers to make you whole again. Former Senator Trent Lott is a Mississippi poster child. I don't know if George HW Bush had insurance to rebuild his family's vanity home or not (1991). Nothing special about the last eight years but foolish rhetoric uncovering false facts. (fake news)

FoggyWorld Money_for_Nothing Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:39 Permalink

Taxpayers don't make those homeowners whole at all.  Those who had been told they were in flood plains in almost all cases were forced to buy NFIP insurance which tops out for a complete wreck at $250,000.  Problem in Houston was that FEMA hadn't mapped the place and right after Sandy, we found out the maps were over 30 years old.

The people of Puerto Rico had a substandard electrical system and that was a choice they were allowed to make.  Bad one.  Same with their building codes.

Building codes and utilities need to be made to adhere to sensible, upgraded codes that huge builders and realtors don't like because the price of houses obviously goes up.  If FEMA ever buckles down and catches up, this stuff will be able to be coped with.

Fire, earthquakes and tornados are completely overlooked by the Federal government and yet those areas do get tons of money and put nothing into the insurance kitty.

The smartest thing might be to have private insurance companies do the things they don't want to and cover these areas.  It's sort of like health care where one bad year chases them out of a State.  They tend to forget the gravy years in any marketplace they enter. 

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Endgame Napoleon FoggyWorld Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:26 Permalink

Private insurers already pay most of their employees rock-bottom wages. If they faced more catastrophic claims, I wonder what portion of their 98% unlicensed mom-gang staff’s income would be provided by husbands or welfare and child tax credits. Their income would be 99% government or spouse provided and composed of 1% wages from the insurance  companies where they work. The licensed people on straight commission, with no benefits. would have even fewer expenses paid by the company, and commission would be $1 per policy, with chargebacks for policy cancellations. You are right that FEMA does not cover all of most insureds’ losses, even in cases where they bought a FEMA-issued policy.

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CompassionateC… Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:02 Permalink

It would have been a lot cheaper just to have stayed in the Paris Climate Agreement and implemented a heavy carbon tax on white working class men instead of the absurdity of pulling out of it but then again we have an ORANGE BUFFOON NAZI as president.  White men are the cause of climate change and should be taxed for it. 

Of course taxing white men isn't enough.  We also need to bring in infinity niggers from Africa to white nations in order to genocide the white race.  That's the only true way of stabilizing the climate.  If you disagree then you're a racist and a nazi.

CompassionateC… Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

It would have been a lot cheaper just to have stayed in the Paris Climate Agreement and implemented a heavy carbon tax on white working class men instead of the absurdity of pulling out of it but then again we have an ORANGE BUFFOON NAZI as president.  White men are the cause of climate change and should be taxed for it. 

Of course taxing white men isn't enough.  We also need to bring in infinity niggers from Africa to white nations in order to genocide the white race.  That's the only true way of stabilizing the climate.  If you disagree then you're a racist and a nazi.

coast1 Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:06 Permalink

there have been no hurricanes, or earthquakes or fires ever in the course of history until 2017...altho, the bible speaks of hurricanes, earthquakes, famine etc 2000 years ago.I am soooo confused :-)   Does anyone wonder, if there are actually more natural disasters now because of global warming, or is it because of technology being able to share the information?  100 years ago, if a natural disaster happened, nobody even heard of it unless you lived there.  Go back 1000 years, a fire in california would have been known by pretty much no one..and why speak of natural disasters in the U.S. when they built  friggin nuclear plant at fuckishima?  are you kidding me?  Al gore said no snow, lol.  the destruction of this planet is being caused by the ones blaming others for causing it so they can take our money and control us

Cloud9.5 coast1 Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:34 Permalink

In the period 1950-1974 Florida had 85 storms that resulted in 93 deaths.  Between 1975 and 1999, Florida had 83 storms that resulted in 54 deaths.  From 2000 to the present, Florida has had 79 storms resulting in 147 deaths.  Florida’s population in 1950 was 2,771,305.   Florida’s current population is 16,170,000. 

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Bigly Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:17 Permalink

Site related, jm2c

Put in default avatars again  (paper bag head) to keep indentation consistent/good for those without one.

Speed is more equivalent to a 14.4 modem instead of 100mbps. Do you have SLAs built into your contract? They must fix this big lag. It is also resulting in multiple dupe comments,  as expected.

Must be able to alter views, sorting and the order of comments. I cannot follow some lines of the threads.  ..jumbled, therefore, nonsensical.

Voting is a little loose and as stated I was able to upvote more than once for the same comment.

Lsstly, we must be able to edit a comment.

All, have a good day. I am going out to shovel. Peace.