4 out of 5 Americans affected by weather-related disasters since 2006, study finds

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:55 PM GMT on February 20, 2012

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Since 2006 , federally declared weather-related disasters in the United States have affected counties housing 242 million people--or roughly four out of five Americans. That's the remarkable finding of Environment America, who last week released a detailed report on extreme weather events in the U.S. The report analyzed FEMA data to study the number of federally declared weather-related disasters. More than 15 million Americans live in counties that have averaged one or more weather-related disasters per year since the beginning of 2006. Ten U.S. counties--six in Oklahoma, two in Nebraska, and one each in Missouri and South Dakota--have each experienced ten or more declared weather-related disasters since 2006. South Carolina was the only state without a weather-related disaster since 2006. The report did a nice job explaining the linkages between extreme weather events and climate change, and concluded, "The increasing evidence linking global warming to certain types of extreme weather events--underscored by the degree to which those events are already both a common and an extremely disruptive fact of life in the United States--suggests that the nation should take the steps needed now to prevent the worst impacts of global warming and to prepare for the changes that are inevitably coming down the road."




Figure 1. County-level map of federally-declared weather-related disasters between 2006 - 2011. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Midwest, and heavy rains and snows from Nor'easters, hurricanes, and other storms in the Northeast gave those two regions the most disaster declarations. An interactive version of this map that allows one to click and see the individual disasters by county is on the Environment America website.

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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I have my left pinky and index finger taped together, I dislocated it playing basketball yesterday. I did play the whole game though like a boss.


i love to play basketball with my neighbors down the street. 2 7th graders both 2 months older then me, about 5 inches shorter and 30lb lighter.

if we play to 10, the score is usually Me:10 them: 4

if we play to 20, its Me: 20 them: 8

if we play to 50, its Me: 50 them: 14

lol
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Atlantic Wind Shear Map
I see 120 kts of wind shear. what does that mean?
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Well the best way to avoid an argument is to not respond. I think Tom is just very aggressive with his ideals.



i cant respond to any of it because i never see any of his comments without a quote box lol.

i had to untape my fingers, blood flow was getting disrupted xD
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Quoting SPLbeater:


tomtaylor prefers trouble over peace:) so he tries to start tings.
Well the best way to avoid an argument is to not respond. I think Tom is just very aggressive with his ideals.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
i taped my left fingers togehjer and its hard mto type


I have my left pinky and index finger taped together, I dislocated it playing basketball yesterday. I did play the whole game though like a boss.
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Well good night everyone its always a pleasure!
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I think most of us on here believe in this, well I hope anyway.


tomtaylor prefers trouble over peace:) so he tries to start tings.
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i taped my left fingers togehjer and its hard mto type
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Quoting TomTaylor:
I hate to bring up religion, it really never ends well. People have the right to believe what they want and I respect that. For many people religion is also a crutch, it gives them something to lean on, something to believe in, a source of hope; good for them.

My problem is when people begin to force their relgion on others OR when they try to deny scientific theories in light of the Bible or simply God. Believing in a religion doesn't make you dumb, stupid or ignorant. Denying evidence without evidence makes you dumb, stupid and ignorant. If you say there is no evidence or deny all evidence for the big bang theory or theory of evolution you are being irrational.

It's just that simple people. We all have brains, we can all think and reason. Use your logic to your advantage.
I think most of us on here believe in this, well I hope anyway.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Why cant I write like this in my school papers?! Idk what is wrong with me but if I have to write a paper for school I suddenly start writing at a 5th grade level.


Because you are writing in something you are truly interested in and care about, which makes it easy. I hate writing papers for things I couldn't care less about, its hard.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Actually what he is saying has some substance to it. What we perceive as fact in a experiment and such actually mean nothing at all. What I'm saying is that the universe maybe be beyond comprehension and explanation so we do our best to find an answer even though it can be totally wrong. Everything we learn,hear,and taste is based of the fact that we believe it is there.
Why cant I write like this in my school papers?! Idk what is wrong with me but if I have to write a paper for school I suddenly start writing at a 5th grade level.
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Quoting hydrus:
B.C......whatever it is its definitely B.C.....And I dont mean da aspirin either.


maybe grothar knew my dad.

my dad invented the caveman.
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Quoting Grothar:


This is not the Florida I knew back in the 40's, 50', 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's. Even though I was not always here, I spent enough time to have seen the changes. It is totally different. One could almost set their clocks by the rainfall in the summer months. I have nevuh, seen it so dry. It was never this hot either. We didn't have air-conditioning until the early 60's. We never had it in the schools. It has drastically changed.


Where in Florida did you not need AC in the 1950s? I'm guessing if it had been an option most would have had it. I know that we would have further north in Tennessee. Summers could be miserable.

We used to go to the St. Pete area for a couple of weeks in the summer and AC was something that would have been great. We made do with fans.

By the time I went to school in Tallahassee in the mid '60s classrooms and labs had AC. The few rooms that didn't were miserable.

I do agree about the change in rainfall. The Florida I grew up with was one in which it rained often. We used to go out at lunchtime and roll up our car windows for the afternoon rain. And then go out and roll them back down an hour or so before we left the lab.

And I remember no problems with fires of any size.
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I hate to bring up religion, it really never ends well. People have the right to believe what they want and I respect that. For many people religion is also a crutch, it gives them something to lean on, something to believe in, a source of hope; good for them.

My problem is when people begin to force their relgion on others OR when they try to deny scientific theories in light of the Bible or simply God. Believing in a religion doesn't make you dumb, stupid or ignorant. Denying evidence without evidence makes you dumb, stupid and ignorant. If you say there is no evidence or deny all evidence for the big bang theory or theory of evolution you are being irrational.


It's just that simple people. We all have brains, we can all think and reason. Use your logic to your advantage.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


when you say 50's, do you mean the 1850's or 1750's? im confused.
B.C......whatever it is its definitely B.C.....And I dont mean da aspirin either.
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Dont look that bad for TX next 30 days...
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
You don't happen to be Chuck Norris?


Impossible. if he was chuck norris he would reach through my computer and smash my face into the keyboardfgbszzhkgsdahftjftjueklfbv
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Really? Have you talked to him about that?

What does he think of satan-worshiping music?
I spoke with him earlier..He loves lil satan when he plays his banjo....twangtwang twang..
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Quoting TomTaylor:
That is true, everything could just be wrong and not true. But that is just an assumption and at the end of the day it really gets you no where.
Yah I just wanted to point out when you get to the bottom of things its all based of a singular idea. BTW I am an Atheist.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Actually what he is saying is true.What we perceive as fact in a experiment and such actually mean nothing at all. What I'm saying is that the universe maybe be beyond comprehension and explanation so we do our best to find an answer even though it can be totally wrong. Everything we learn,hear,and taste is based of the fact that we believe it is there.
At the end of the day everything is particles..EVERYTHING....heck even protons and neutrons are made of particles....and those particles might even be particles.....particles babeeee
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Well isnt this strange.


Due to the fact that my behavior was very good yesterday, and there was snow coming down, my mom reset my schoolwork and took what i had today off.

I think she made mistake. because, i dont have anything asigned for tomorrow!! :D

But i wont say nuthin till bedtime tomorrow....lol
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
What I'm saying is that the universe maybe be beyond comprehension and explanation so we do our best to find an answer even though it can be totally wrong. Everything we learn,hear,and taste is based of the fact that we believe it is there.
Sure, it can be "totally wrong". As much as other universally accepted theories like gravity, of course.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Actually what he is saying has some substance to it. What we perceive as fact in a experiment and such actually mean nothing at all. What I'm saying is that the universe maybe be beyond comprehension and explanation so we do our best to find an answer even though it can be totally wrong. Everything we learn,hear,and taste is based of the fact that we believe it is there.
That is true, everything could just be wrong and not true. But that is just an assumption and at the end of the day it really gets you no where.
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(Dr. Alexander MacDonald, Director of the Earth System Research Lab at the) U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was in Vancouver on Friday for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual convention and mentioned in a talk there that clean, renewable energy (not even including hydroelectric) could cheaply supply 48 states of the continental U.S. with 70% of its electricity demand by 2030. The other 30% would be half from fossil fuels and half from nuclear and hydro.

“NOAA embarked on the renewables project three years ago, collating 16 billion pieces of weather data derived from satellite observations and airplane observations and weather station reports,” Scott Simpson of the Vancouver Sun writes.

“Then it designed a program to filter the information to remove unlikely venues for wind or solar power arrays – such as national parks and urban areas – and came up with a map showing robust wind resources in the middle of the continent and decent ones in the northeast Atlantic states, as well as strong solar production areas in the desert southwest.”

But here’s where the NOAA researchers stepped beyond the good to the great, research-wise: they balanced potential power production and electricity demand to determine, how, where, when, and to what extent clean energy could produce the electricity we need. The end result — 70% of electricity demand....


http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/20/clean-energy- could-supply-u-s-with-70-of-electricity-by-2030-no aa-director-says/

70% from renewables without building any new storage.

And cheap.

That's from NOAA.

Think about how many good jobs that would create.
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Quoting reedzone:
God loves every type of music.
Really? Have you talked to him about that?

What does he think of satan-worshiping music?
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Quoting Grothar:


This is not the Florida I knew back in the 40's, 50', 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's. Even though I was not always here, I spent enough time to have seen the changes. It is totally different. One could almost set their clocks by the rainfall in the summer months. I have nevuh, seen it so dry. It was never this hot either. We didn't have air-conditioning until the early 60's. We never had it in the schools. It has drastically changed.


when you say 50's, do you mean the 1850's or 1750's? im confused.
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Quoting TomTaylor:

Religion is believing based off faith. Science is believing based off tests and experiments to prove something.

There is no proof in religion.
Actually what he is saying has some substance to it. What we perceive as fact in a experiment and such actually mean nothing at all. What I'm saying is that the universe maybe be beyond comprehension and explanation so we do our best to find an answer even though it can be totally wrong. Everything we learn,hear,and taste is based of the fact that we believe it is there.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
And I'm imagining going the opposite direction at 100mph.
..I,m in full agreement.
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Quoting scooster67:


there is no proof of evolution either......just a theory......where is your proof of it?
There is plenty of evidence, you choose to ignore it.

That's the saddest part. Humans have the amazing ability to think and reason like no other species, and yet some of us just choose to be stubborn and ignorant. It's a waste really.
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Quoting Grothar:


I don't allow them.
You don't happen to be Chuck Norris?
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An excellent view from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft in the eye of Hurricane Betsy. In the foreground there are low clouds which occupy the eye, in the background the eyewall looms, several miles high.
Date 3 September 1965
Source NOAA Photo Library
Author NOAA/AOML/Hurricane Research Division.
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Quoting scooster67:
The fact of the matter is that Creation and Evolution are both religions....Both require faith to believe in.
Religion is believing based off faith. Science is believing based off tests and experiments to prove something.

There is no proof in religion.
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Quoting hydrus:
That would be bigtime...Imagine this coming toward you and yours at 65 mph..
And I'm imagining going the opposite direction at 100mph.
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Hey guys check this out, i found a category 5 cyclone on ASCAT
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Quoting Jedkins01:



By the time Tampa gets hit by a major hurricane again we'll have human exploration on other planets and Florida won't be a desirable place to live anymore, that's my prediction.
I usually agree with you, but I disagree on this one......Tampa is due for a major storm. Here is an interesting excerpt from the 1848 storm..Every building on the bay and river was destroyed except for the Palmer Hotel which was badly damaged. At the Garrison the church on the beach, the soldier’s barracks, the Indian agent’s office and the Ferris residence, store and warehouse were wrecked. According to Juliet Axtell, the wife of the Army Chaplain, “there were not more than four or five buildings left standing” and she concluded in a letter that “Tampa was no more.”

After passing Tampa the hurricane moved east-northeast across Florida moving off the Florida East Coast just north of Cape Canaveral. Many of the navigation routes were reported filled with sand and closed to traffic making any charts created prior to 1848 useless.
An interesting legend regarding the 1848 Hurricane is that it created a new pass through a barrier island which was discovered by a reformed pirate named John Levique. Today the pass is known as “John’s Pass“.

Just two weeks after this major hurricane nearly destroyed Tampa, a second hurricane visited the Florida West Coast on October 11-12th. A ship 20 miles southeast of Cape St. George reported northeast hurricane force winds causing its lee rail under water for eight hours. In Tampa this storm was not as intense as the earlier one; however, it did cause a storm surge to about 10ft in Tampa Bay.(2)
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I can't comment on this anymore. JTWC goes on my ignore list if the next warning on this isn't the last one.


10 PM Final Warning 30 knots:)

btw, you know ima kiddin with the snowstorm. if one comes u best git 20 inches!!!
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Quoting Grothar:



I know. I was there in 1948. Just a mere child though, but I do remember it. One of my older brothers told me a big wind was going to come and take me away. I think he was jealous because I was the favorite child. (I really do remember it though) I believe were were living in Hollywood at that time. It was shortly after we moved to Norway. I missed a few in the 1950's was were were living on Long Island for Hazel.
My Grandmother( God rest her ) remembered many storms and talked of them regularly. She lived in Miami for decades along with my other relatives. She said the 40,s were terrible. The fifties tranquil, except for King in 1950, which did terrible damage in her area. The 60,s were bad with Miami being affected with Donna, Cleo, Betsy and Inez. My uncle was born right before Betsy hit.
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Quoting Thrawst:
I know this is as far out as it can go on the GFS (384 hours) ... but this setup looks like an outbreak of severe thunderstorms.
And let the flaming begin :3



That would be bigtime...Imagine this coming toward you and yours at 65 mph..
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Quoting KoritheMan:

What's your profession?


Tech consulting position for a financial institution. Lot's of offshoring/outsourcing
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Evening all.

Interesting to note that Grothar's county is one of a handful in FL with no disaster reports since 2006.... lol
I hate to say it, but we here know that wont last. I was born and raised in South Florida and it has been a great home. But after 04 and 05 hurricane seasons and the population skyrocketing, I dont mind saying it is not the place I knew growing up. The landscape was altered so terribly in spots I do not recognize them anymore.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I can't comment on this anymore. JTWC goes on my ignore list if the next warning on this isn't the last one.


1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 12S (GIOVANNA) WARNING NR 025
02 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES IN SOUTHIO
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
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WARNING POSITION:
210000Z --- NEAR 23.4S 52.6E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS - 345 DEGREES AT 07 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 045 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATED AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER WATER
REPEAT POSIT: 23.4S 52.6E
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Quoting Jedkins01:



Well I don't think I have that kind of authority in the Universe where things change because of my speech
Same here. If I did, we'd have at least one tropical cyclone impact my state per year. :P
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Quoting StAugustineFL:


A one in three chance is pretty darn good IMO. In my profession the odds are more like one in one hundred.



What's your profession?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Because you just said that, a Category 5 hurricane is going to hit this August.
You mean April.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Because you just said that, a Category 5 hurricane is going to hit this August.



Well I don't think I have that kind of authority in the Universe where things change because of my speech, so I'll take my chances :)
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Quoting StAugustineFL:


A one in three chance is pretty darn good IMO. In my profession the odds are more like one in one hundred.

The system late weeks seems it wants to take a similar track to last week which would leave me high and dry again. Wildfires are getting an early start in FL.






Wild fires and drought seem to prevail more then above average or average rain these days... This isn't your Grandma and Grampa's Florida weather, and heck, it isn't the Florida I knew as a kid either. It used to rain more, storm more, and burn less when I was playin in the sand box.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



By the time Tampa gets hit by a major hurricane again we'll have human exploration on other planets and Florida won't be a desirable place to live anymore, that's my prediction.

Because you just said that, a Category 5 hurricane is going to hit this August.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Looking at that disaster map makes me wonder if this is the year both SE FL and Tampa will get it... that white area looks like a bullseye...

But, SERIOUSLY....

lol



By the time Tampa gets hit by a major hurricane again we'll have human exploration on other planets and Florida won't be a desirable place to live anymore, that's my prediction.
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