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.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting hydrus:
This system should have some interesting weather with it.
got to watch the models next 36 hrs or so before its a go
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Quoting Grothar:


Thanks, hydrus. That is comforting to hear.
remember when ones bearing down just walk around on the ground going quack quack as ya go round and round
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
by late tues early wed we will be more in agreement got a couple of runs worth yet to go
This system should have some interesting weather with it.
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2345 UNK CANEY MONTGOMERY KS 3701 9593
ROOF BLOWN OFF BARN AND ANOTHER OUT BUILDING. WALLS DOWNED ON OLD GARAGE. (ICT)

Mostly a wind event but some large hail reported also. Click image for reports.
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Quoting hydrus:
You sound ready. And you should be. Where your at. Dr. grey calls that area " the sitting duck for intense hurricanes"..Hope you are doing well Gro.


Thanks, hydrus. That is comforting to hear.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


I hope so. NWS Birmingham,AL and Jackson,MS are starting to come on board but we have a while yet.
Looks to be partly sunny/cloudy lower 70s which is perfect.
by late tues early wed we will be more in agreement got a couple of runs worth yet to go
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Apparently the blog is tired too. Slow tonight.


no sanford blizzards going on man!! nothing to talk about! if you can read this..im jk
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
looks to be a round of severe on fri from east central miss al ga north and east then ne up the coast with a clipper forming intermountain nw driving east with a late season snow fall for grt lakes regions we shall see


I hope so. NWS Birmingham,AL and Jackson,MS are starting to come on board but we have a while yet.
Looks to be partly sunny/cloudy lower 70s which is perfect.
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Apparently the blog is tired too. Slow tonight.
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be kinda ironic to finish feb with a snowfall atomsphere is to warm now won't last to late in the season fast melt and only getting warmer we are only 3 weeks away from time change days will be getting longer and spring is arriving
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Im tired
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Gee wiz what is the GFS forecasting on friday, showing a rainfall rate of like 0.9in per hour at one point int he day, 0.o
looks to be a round of severe on fri from east central miss al ga north and east then ne up the coast with a clipper forming intermountain nw driving east with a late season snow fall for grt lakes regions we shall see
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Quoting iceagecoming:

Even if a manual observation won't be considered "official" for the record books, the National Weather Service should dispatch someone with an accurate thermometer to Jim's River this morning, where the station is now reading minus 72. If that confirms the reading, then it's probable that it did reach at least minus 79. On the other hand, if it's way off, then it probably didn't happen.






FORT YUKON CO-OP..............65 BELOW
KANDIK RIVER CO-OP............64 BELOW
FORT YUKON AIRPORT..........62 BELOW*
BETTLES.................................60 BELOW**
HUSLIA.....................................60 BELOW
MANLEY HOT SPRINGS............60 BELOW
NORTH POLE/WOODSMOKE....60 BELOW
CHICKEN CO-OP.....................59 BELOW
GALENA AIRPORT....................58 BELOW
TANANA...................................58 BELOW
CIRCLE HOT SPRINGS..........58 BELOW
DELTA 20 SE CO-OP...............58 BELOW
COLDFOOT................................57 BELOW
EAGLE CO-OP.........................57 BELOW
KALTAG...................................56 BELOW
GOLDSTREAM CREEK..........55 BELOW
ARCTIC VILLAGE..................54 BELOW
NENANA..................................54 BELOW
SALCHA..................................54 BELOW
FAIRBANKS AIRPORT..............51 BELOW
DELTA JUNCTION/FT GREELY......50 BELOW
LAKE MINCHUMINA.................50 BELOW
MCGRATH.................................50 BELOW

*TIED DAILY RECORD LOW OF 62 BELOW SET IN 1909
**EXCEEDS DAILY RECORD LOW OF 58 BELOW SET IN 1989



Records challenged and broken in Europe too!




Should these be considered weather disasters or just cold?


An attempt to answer your question. Don't know about Europe. For Alaska, extra cold. Plus you gotta have loss of property for it to be a "disaster" and there's not a lot of population nearby.

Looks like the reading could be from the Jim River Maintenance Station near Pump Station 5 on the Alaska Pipeline, along the haul road to the north slope. Now, if the pipeline broke from the cold, then you'd have a potential disaster. They heat the oil that flows through, but there were concerns about extreme cold before the pipeline was built and it is 35 years old now.

Most important, could be a suicide mission in that kind of weather for someone to try and get there from Fairbanks just to confirm or refute a temp reading.

Maybe hard to see, but this gives you an idea where Jim River maintenance station is located.
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seems severe threat has passed

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227. Skyepony (Mod)
It's so dry & these winds took their toll. Saw a firefighter on the news say East Central FL is getting close to conditions of 1998 (when it about all burnt down last). SR50 & a few others of these will probably close some time in the night when the wind lays down.

FIRE - BRUSH/FOREST LAKE THOMPSON PL x[CR-561] [CLERMONT] LIGHT SMOKE IN THE AREA VISIBILITY GOOD @ 04:09
FIRE - BRUSH/FOREST LAKE MAX HOOKS RD x[SR-50 E] [CLERMONT] ROAD CLEAR OF SMOKE VISIBILITY GOOD @ 04:04HRS
FIRE - BRUSH/FOREST VOLUSIA SR-40 x[SR-11] [ORMOND BEACH] ROAD OPEN
FIRE - BRUSH/FOREST LAKE CR561 x[BRONSON RD] [CLERMONT] ALL ROADS OPEN // NO VISIBILITY ISSUES
FIRE - BRUSH/FOREST BREVARD EB SR50 E x[HACIENDA DR] [TITUSVILLE] ALL LANES REOPENED---NO VISIBILITY ISSUES@4:26 PM
FIRE - BRUSH/FOREST 06:34 PM 06:34 PM LAKE 12TH ST x[CR-561] [CLERMONT] ROAD OPEN
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Gee wiz what is the GFS forecasting on friday, showing a rainfall rate of like 0.9in per hour at one point int he day, 0.o
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I just finished having tea and cookies.I made them myself and they turned out so perfect!!.They were soft on the inside and were crunchy on the edges.Ohhh they were so good!!.I have to resist having more....


can i have some please
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my only son
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
12 yesterday born feb 2000

Awww. That's great.
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Quoting NaplesFLBreeze:

How old is the little one, KEEP. Your son?
12 yesterday born feb 2000
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Quoting presslord:
Rita...I agree with you about the stock market....I'm so glad I was smart enough to have invested heavily in real estate..........Wait!!!.....ah....never mind...


What was that Groucho Marx saying 'You can get any home in stucco and if you buy one boy are you stucco' ;-)
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
missing the kicker rtn flow but hey maybe thats better

How old is the little one, KEEP. Your son?
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


Several circulations were evident on that image. Might have a few of those QLCS spin-ups already.

Even a little surprised that we didn't have a tornado warning for the Ada, OK, cell.
missing the kicker rtn flow but hey maybe thats better
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


Several circulations were evident on that image. Might have a few of those QLCS spin-ups already.

How long have you worked for the NWS in Louisiana?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I just finished having tea and cookies.I made them myself and they turned out so perfect!!.They were soft on the inside and were crunchy on the edges.Ohhh they were so good!!.I have to resist having more....


you are making me hungry
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Could be dealing with brief, spin-up tornadoes along the leading edge of this line. Not quite sure there isn't at least a Severe Thunderstorm warning on it...



Several circulations were evident on that image. Might have a few of those QLCS spin-ups already.

Even a little surprised that we didn't have a tornado warning for the Ada, OK, cell.
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I just finished having tea and cookies.I made them myself and they turned out so perfect!!.They were soft on the inside and were crunchy on the edges.Ohhh they were so good!!.I have to resist having more....
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:

how long you been gone?
Those storms were fun but now they are dying.


i been gon since 1:30 lol

be back soon, IM HUNGRY
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Quoting SPLbeater:
ok back what i miss

how long you been gone?
Those storms were fun but now they are dying.
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ok back what i miss
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New Severe Thunderstorm Watch:

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Link
Spotters
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Atlantic seems to be warming on the whole.



Pacific side

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Quoting hydrus:
The GFS has a potential severe weather event late in the week.

On Thursday, there appears to be a Severe Weather event across Eastern Texas. There will actually be sufficient CAPE with this event so says the GFS, but fortunately, it appears that wind shear will not be /as high/ as of late.
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Quoting Grothar:


I have a plan for that. Our house is well shuttered and impact glass on all windows. I always have food, water, and medical supplies and make sure my family is in a secure place. Then I scream until it is over. It always works.
You sound ready. And you should be. Where your at. Dr. grey calls that area " the sitting duck for intense hurricanes"..Hope you are doing well Gro.
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Quoting Grothar:


I have a plan for that. Our house is well shuttered and impact glass on all windows. I always have food, water, and medical supplies and make sure my family is in a secure place. Then I scream until it is over. It always works.


Don't forget the Twinkies! And plastic milk jugs! And FRESCA! ;-)
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
The GFS has a potential severe weather event late in the week.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Storm with rotation headed towards Augusta, Kansas.

Yeah..That looks pretty bad.
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Quoting Grothar:


I have a plan for that. Our house is well shuttered and impact glass on all windows. I always have food, water, and medical supplies and make sure my family is in a secure place. Then I scream until it is over. It always works.


yeah seasoned vet...thats how everyone on the east and gulf coast should be...sadly hardly no one is....ive been through bonnie, bertha, fran, floyd,ophelia, and 2 irenes when i lived in wilmington nc...that area was back up and running within a couple days except for fran/floyd (those ones were doosys!)
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Things got busy...

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Storm with rotation headed towards Augusta, Kansas.

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Quoting JNCali:

... an early Spring is one thing but what's with THANKSGIVING in February???
I wish it was Thanksgiving..All this talk of food makes me hungry...
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Quoting uncwhurricane85:


yeah that was crazy i remember the downtown Ft.L highrise buildings loosing lots of windows..i just couldnt imagine if that had been coming as an andrew type cane for your little island


I have a plan for that. Our house is well shuttered and impact glass on all windows. I always have food, water, and medical supplies and make sure my family is in a secure place. Then I scream until it is over. It always works.
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Large dust cloud/storm rolling thru North TX, and Oklahoma on visible loop
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Quoting hydrus:
Good one Pat..And if I may add chicks, pizza and beer without offending anyone I will be grateful...:0 :) :)

... an early Spring is one thing but what's with THANKSGIVING in February???
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