2017 was U.S.'s costliest weather year on record

2017 was U.S.'s costliest weather year on record

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Last year was the third-warmest year on record in the United States, contributing to 16 separate billion-dollar-plus disasters that made 2017 the most expensive weather year ever, federal climatologists said Monday.

The National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes cost the country about $306 billion — the most since record-keeping began 123 years ago.

NOAA said at least 362 people died in those disasters.




Image: Thomas Fire in California

Firefighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires near Ojai, California, on Dec 9.