- Extraordinarily sizzling temperatures within the Pacific Northwest prompted lots of of heat-related fatalities throughout Oregon and Washington in late June and early July.
- The freeze and excessive chilly within the South in February prompted or contributed to the deaths of greater than 125 folks in Texas alone.
- The US has seen an “unprecedented” 18 separate billion-dollar climate and local weather disasters within the first 9 months of the yr.
Climate-related occasions have resulted within the deaths of 538 Individuals in 2021, making it the deadliest yr for main climate disasters within the USA since 2017, when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, killing greater than 3,000 folks, the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported.
For the 50 U.S. states, 2021 is the deadliest climate yr since 2011, when 764 died primarily due to a number of violent twister outbreaks throughout the South.
“These deaths in 2021 are principally the results of excessive summer time warmth within the Pacific Northwest, excessive chilly throughout the South in the course of the February freeze and Hurricane Ida throughout many states,” Adam Smith, a climatologist with NOAA’s Nationwide Facilities for Environmental Data, advised USA TODAY.
Particularly, the extraordinarily sizzling temperatures within the Pacific Northwest prompted lots of of heat-related fatalities throughout Oregon and Washington in late June and early July. The freeze and excessive chilly within the South in February prompted or contributed to the deaths of greater than 125 folks in Texas, NOAA stated.
Hurricane Ida prompted 96 deaths within the Deep South and the Northeast. Remnants of the storm within the Northeast have been extreme. “Flash flood emergencies have been declared in New Jersey and New York for the primary time, producing harm to properties, companies, automobiles and infrastructure whereas additionally inflicting dozens of fatalities,” NOAA reported.
The 538 individuals who have died from the disasters in the course of the first 9 months of 2021 is greater than twice the variety of deaths from all billion-dollar disasters that occurred in 2020, Smith stated.
The USA has seen an “unprecedented” 18 separate billion-dollar climate and local weather disasters within the first 9 months, in keeping with NOAA. This yr is outpacing 2020 in occasion frequency, complete price and complete deaths.
“It is at the moment unclear if 2021 will match or surpass the record-smashing variety of 22 separate billion-dollar disasters that was set in 2020,” Smith advised USA TODAY.
NOAA defines a billion-dollar catastrophe as any particular climate occasion that causes no less than $1 billion in harm. That is a file seventh-consecutive yr by which the USA skilled 10 or extra billion-dollar disasters.