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Billion dollar weather disasters in 2012

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were eleven 2012 weather disasters that each caused over a billion dollars in damage.  

  1. Southeast/Ohio Valley Tornadoes — March 2–3 2012
  2. Texas Tornadoes — April 2–3 2012
  3. Great Plains Tornadoes — April 13–14 2012
  4. Midwest/Ohio Valley Severe Weather — April 28–May 1 2012
  5. Southern Plains/Midwest/Northeast Severe Weather — May 25–30 2012
  6. Rockies/Southwest Severe Weather — June 6–12 2012
  7. Plains/East/Northeast Severe Weather ("Derecho") — June 29–July 2 2012
  8. Hurricane Isaac — August 26–31 2012
  9. Western Wildfires — Summer–Fall, 2012
  10. Hurricane Sandy — October 29–31 2012
  11. U.S. Drought/Heatwave — throughout 2012

The combined total of lives lost is estimated at 349. According to NOAA the largest number of deaths occurred with Superstorm Sandy. The loss of life added up to 131 deaths directly related to that storm.  

For more information about each of these eleven weather disasters visit http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/events.

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