Extreme Weather Has Already Cost $35 Billion This Year in US

north dakota flooding 2011 photo

How much damage has this year's extreme weather--record snowfall in many places this winter, flooding, heat waves, tornadoes, drought in Texas with no end in sight--cost the United States? The National Climatic Data Center has a figure for the first eight months of the year: $35 billion.extreme weather damage in US 2011 image
image: NCDC

More: Reuters and Think Progress

NCDC has an interesting map on billion dollar weather disasters in the US from 1980-2010 (click that link above for a bigger view):

billion dollar weather disasters US 1980-2010 image
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