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 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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Quoting Grothar:


Luckily we didn't have much of a surge, but our area actually sustained the most damage, even though we were on the other coast. It was the strangest hurricane I have ever been in. Not the strongest, but the strangest. The damage was much more than was reported. Ask anyone who lived here.


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
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Quoting uncwhurricane85:


yes i know it was a major but not when it hit where you are


Luckily we didn't have much of a surge, but our area actually sustained the most damage, even though we were on the other coast. It was the strangest hurricane I have ever been in. Not the strongest, but the strangest. The damage was much more than was reported. Ask anyone who lived here.
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Quoting Barefootontherocks:


Haha. Baby chickens are so cute and fuzzy but pizza's better any day, especially when the delivery guy is cute.
***

Here ya go, TWA... first report from up there in KS.
2124 UNK HUTCHINSON RENO KS 3807 9791
TREE DOWNED ON SOUTHWEST SIDE OF TOWN. (ICT)

Big thunder and dark gray cloud rolling this way, here in the land where sale is sell and sell is sale.
:)

And a severe t-storm warning. O joy, o rapture unforeseen.
Chicks are cuter than dudes. Always have been since the beginning...cuter is not a word but suffices..:)
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Have not seen this many spotters on this link in forever!
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Quoting Barefootontherocks:


Haha. Baby chickens are so cute and fuzzy but pizza's better any day, especially when the delivery guy is cute.
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Here ya go, TWA... first report from up there in KS.
2124 UNK HUTCHINSON RENO KS 3807 9791
TREE DOWNED ON SOUTHWEST SIDE OF TOWN. (ICT)

Big thunder and dark gray cloud rolling this way, here in the land where sale is sell and sell is sale.
:)

And a severe t-storm warning. O joy, o rapture unforseen.


chicks are baby chickens but im more thankful for the human chick
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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 :) :)


Haha. Baby chickens are so cute and fuzzy but pizza's better any day, especially when the delivery guy is cute.
***

Here ya go, TWA... first report from up there in KS.
2124 UNK HUTCHINSON RENO KS 3807 9791
TREE DOWNED ON SOUTHWEST SIDE OF TOWN. (ICT)

Big thunder and dark gray cloud rolling this way, here in the land where sale is sell and sell is sale.
:)

And a severe t-storm warning. O joy, o rapture unforeseen.
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Quoting Grothar:


Hey, I live on an island just a few feet above sea level where Hurricanes hit. Are you calling me stupid?


Nah, just unwise ;)
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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?
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Quoting uncwhurricane85:


dito...the cherry blossom festival will be more like the cherry leafing festival! either way ill be getting drunk downtown!
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Quoting Skyepony:
This certainly doesn't look like a retraction..

Hard not to wunder if Masters didn't get one of those threatening letters from Heartland to retract or get sued..


It may yet happen, not to Impune Dr. Masters' courage. You recall the BP disaster? And how Dr.Masters was posting all sorts of information about it... and then one day he simply shut up about it. There was a lot of repression in the MSM about what was going on as well.

It appears to be the current state of public relations these days.... Big pharma, Oil operators, Monsanto ... sheesh ... google 'm up or have a look on youtube .... even when you set aside the extremist or poorly documented material, what remains is troubling.
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Quoting Patrap:
I jus wanted to take this moment to thank a Higher Power for Catfish, Almonds, Butter and Tabasco..

Carry on. :)


Good one Pat..And if I may add chicks, pizza and beer without offending anyone I will be grateful...:0 :) :)
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Quoting Grothar:


20 years? Did you forget Wilma?


yes i know it was a major but not when it hit where you are
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Quoting Grothar:


20 years? Did you forget Wilma?


no..i was talking major...although wilma was strong it developed close to the coast and didnt have any surge, thats what i was referring to. sorry should have been more specific
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College of DuPage Meteorology
Severe Weather and Flash Flood Warning



Note: This page will reload every 2 minutes. Warnings are listed with the most recent first.
Click on the station ID to bring up list of recent severe weather statements.


SVR T-STORM WARNING NORMAN OK - KOUN 307 PM CST MON FEB 20 2012

SVR T-STORM WARNING WICHITA KS - KICT 305 PM CST MON FEB 20 2012

Severe Warnings Issued More Than Three Hours Ago

SVR T-STORM WARNING NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC - KMHX 709 PM EST SUN FEB 19 2012
Severe Weather Page The Nexlab Text Page
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Quoting uncwhurricane85:


wow...you are due my friend! its almost been 20 years...good luck to you!


20 years? Did you forget Wilma?
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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...

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Spring is sure on the way here in D.C.The trees are budding and some have even sprouted!!!!.I do think we'll have a few more shots of cold weather.But by April I expect to see some mid to upper 80's...back in 2010 we had a record high some where in the 90's.We did also back in 09 to.


dito...the cherry blossom festival will be more like the cherry leafing festival! either way ill be getting drunk downtown!
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Spring is sure on the way here in D.C.The trees are budding and some have even sprouted!!!!.I do think we'll have a few more shots of cold weather.But by April I expect to see some mid to upper 80's...back in 2010 we had a record high some where in the 90's.We did also back in 09 to.
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Quoting Grothar:


An island on the Intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale.


wow...you are due my friend! its almost been 20 years...good luck to you!
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Its your browser, as thats a S. Korean translated page,wunderground is available in over 60 languages.
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Quoting uncwhurricane85:


what island?


An island on the Intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale.
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I think my favorite Georgia Tech grad owes us a blog entry.....
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Hi, Grothar! Did you say you have an island for sell??? ;-)


Not for sale yet.
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I jus wanted to take this moment to thank a Higher Power for Catfish, Almonds, Butter and Tabasco..

Carry on. :)


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Quoting presslord:


nobody likes a smarta...leck..
I know..It was neat to imagine what it would be like to fill The Almighties shoes for a minute..I do hope our creator will keep disasters on hold for a while. Seems like there are more of them lately.
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Quoting Grothar:


Hey, I live on an island just a few feet above sea level where Hurricanes hit. Are you calling me stupid?


what island?
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Quoting Grothar:


Hey, I live on an island just a few feet above sea level where Hurricanes hit. Are you calling me stupid?


Hi, Grothar! Did you say you have an island for sell??? ;-)
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
307 PM CST MON FEB 20 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
GARFIELD COUNTY IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHEASTERN GRANT COUNTY IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA...
WESTERN KAY COUNTY IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN NOBLE COUNTY IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 307 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF ENID
TO 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF DRUMMOND...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

HAZARDS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS...
WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH...

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BILLINGS...BLACKWELL...
BRECKENRIDGE...CARRIER...CERES...DRUMMOND...ENID.. .FAIRMONT...
GARBER...HUNTER...KILDARE...KREMLIN...LAMONT...MAR LAND...NEWKIRK...
NORTH ENID...PECKHAM...PONCA CITY...RED ROCK...TONKAWA...VANCE AIR
FORCE BASE AND WAUKOMIS.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 195 AND 224.

LAT...LON 3700 9703 3647 9708 3618 9809 3650 9805
TIME...MOT...LOC 2107Z 242DEG 39KT 3647 9792 3626 9800
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Quoting TampaSpin:




Look how the Shear has dropped in the Caribbean.
spring comes early summer even earlier
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Quoting Grothar:


Hey, I live on an island just a few feet above sea level where Hurricanes hit. Are you calling me stupid?



HEY HEY ...i live on an Island of nearly 350 million...with 1/3 liberal.....1/3 conservative.....and 1/3 that don't know which way to turn stupid is best!
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
305 PM CST MON FEB 20 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WICHITA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN HARPER COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS...
SOUTHEASTERN KINGMAN COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS...

* UNTIL 330 PM CST

* AT 301 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WERE
TRACKING A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE
HAIL. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HARPER...OR 7
MILES NORTHWEST OF ANTHONY...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
HARPER...NORWICH...RAGO...DANVILLE...RUNNYMEDE AND MURDOCK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER
HOUR...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR
YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR
HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE
INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.



LAT...LON 3713 9809 3727 9824 3757 9804 3765 9781
3724 9781
TIME...MOT...LOC 2105Z 228DEG 36KT 3726 9808
WIND...HAIL <50MPH 1.00IN



JAKUB
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NEXRAD Radar

Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range 124 NMI

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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...
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Look how the Shear has dropped in the Caribbean.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


First... I'm smart enough to not live on an island a few feet above sea level where hurricanes hit on average. 2nd... I'm smart enough not to own 9 acres because that would cost me more in property taxes and I hate paying taxes. 3rd....I have no interest in stocks because it is flawed....4th....I don't tell anybody my wealth......and Finally......I am here to see that the event takes place and it happens by the end of this year as we approach winter....


Hey, I live on an island just a few feet above sea level where Hurricanes hit. Are you calling me stupid?
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SEL3

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 33
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
250 PM CST MON FEB 20 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 250 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CST.

HAIL TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70
MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES NORTHEAST OF
HUTCHINSON KANSAS TO 50 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CHICKASHA OKLAHOMA.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

DISCUSSION...A CORRIDOR OF FOCUSED DCVA ATTENDANT TO POTENT MIDLEVEL
TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO OVERSPREAD DRYLINE THIS
AFTERNOON...SUPPORTING A GRADUAL INCREASE IN STORM COVERAGE AND
INTENSITY. THOUGH BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE REMAINS RATHER
LIMITED...CONSIDERABLE DYNAMIC COOLING IN THE MIDLEVELS IS YIELDING
A WEAKLY UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT WITH SBCAPE VALUES AROUND 500 J/KG.
AREA VAD/PROFILER DATA ARE CURRENTLY EXHIBITING A VEER-BACK-VEER
SIGNATURE WHICH MAY INHIBIT THE EVOLUTION OF MORE ROBUST
SUPERCELL-TYPE STRUCTURES AND AN ATTENDANT TORNADO THREAT.
HOWEVER...SUFFICIENT VERTICAL SHEAR DOES EXIST FOR STORM
ORGANIZATION WITH ASSOCIATED RISKS FOR DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND HAIL
GIVEN THE STRONG GRADIENT FLOW AND COLD THERMODYNAMIC
PROFILES...RESPECTIVELY.

AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 1 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS.
A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 300. MEAN STORM MOTION
VECTOR 25045.


...MEAD
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There's no denying that more people in USA can equate into larger damage totals, more tornado reports, etc.


However, there is apparently some denying that extreme events are becoming more common. Facts and records back that up. Want to talk about that, or find another diversion?
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(Mod.) Haha. TWA beat me to it!
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