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Mega Heatwaves Could Kill Thousands in the U.S.

Posted by feww on July 11, 2011

Heat: The number one weather-related killer in the United States

Deadly heatwaves of unprecedented intensity could strike the U.S. in 2011 and beyond, claiming tens of thousands of lives and affecting millions more: FIRE-EARTH Climate Model

Please cite FIRE-EARTH as the source for above forecast, if you’re copying/re-writing this information.

Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – May 2011


Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – May 2011. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge

Heat-Related Fatalities

  • Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States
  • More than 1,250 people died in the heatwave of 1980.
  • In the heatwave of 1995 at least 700 deaths in the Chicago area were attributed to heat.
  • A record heatwave in Europe claimed about 50,000 lives in August 2003.
  • The Moscow heatwave claimed an estimated 15,000 lives in August 2010.


Map of Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – 2010. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge

The U.S. has sustained 99 weather-related disasters over the past 31 years in which overall damages/costs topped $1 billion, with the total normalized losses exceeding $725 billion. ~ NOAA

Table of Disasters by Type and Frequency


Source: NCDC/NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

Map of Disasters by State


U.S. South has experienced the highest numbers of billion-dollar disasters since 1980. Image Source: NCDC/NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

Billion-Dollar Disasters 2011 (Preliminary List)

2011 is already highest damage cost-to-date in the U.S. for any year since 1980 when NOAA started  tracking billion-dollar disasters.

8 billion-dollar disasters have occurred in the U.S.  so far this year:

  • Groundhog Day Blizzard Jan 29-Feb 3 . Total cost: at least $3.9 billion; 36 deaths.
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes April 4-5. Total cost: $2.0 billion; 9 deaths.
  • Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes April 8-11. Total cost: $2.2 billion; numerous injuries, no known deaths,  (59 tornadoes).
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes April 14-16. Total cost:  $2.0 billion; 38 deaths (160 tornadoes).
  • Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes April 25-30. Total cost: $10.0 billion; 320 deaths (305 tornadoes).
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes May 22-27: Total cost: $7.0 billion; 172 deaths [180 tornadoes reported; at least 18 more people have since died as a result of Joplin tornado, raising the official toll to 159.]
  • Texas Drought & Wildfires Spring-Summer 2011. Fighting/suppression costs are around $1 million /day; total losses to agriculture and cattle are estimated to range between $1.5-3.0 billion. This cost estimate reflects losses as of 16 June, and will likely rise as the event continues.
  • Mississippi River flooding Spring-Summer 2011 Estimated economic loss ranges from $2.0-4.0; the flooding continues. Preliminary cost as of 6/16:
    • $500 million to agriculture in Arkansas
    • $320 million in damage to Memphis, Tennessee
    • $800 million to agriculture in Mississippi
    • $317 million to agriculture and property in Missouri’s Birds Point-New Madrid Spillway
    • $80 million for the first 30 days of flood fighting efforts in Louisiana [Source of data: NOAA/NCDC]

Max Heat Index and Probability Forecast – July 13, 2011


Image Source: NOAA/HPC. Click image to enlarge.

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Another Wild Weather Day Across the U.S.

Posted by feww on July 11, 2011

Excessive Heat, Flood and Severe Thunder Storms Warnings in Many Parts of the Country

Deadly heatwaves of unprecedented intensity could strike the U.S. in 2011, claiming thousands of lives and affecting millions more: FIRE-EARTH Climate Model

Please cite FIRE-EARTH as the source of forecast, if you’re copying this information.

 


Fatalities from weather events. Source: NOAA


Fatalities from weather events. [More sanitized version?] Source: NOAA-OCWWS

Between 1936 and 1975, about 20,000 people died in the U.S. from the effects of heat and solar radiation. [Source: NWS-WFO]

Follow the temperature line until it intersects the relative humidity line. Then read the Heat Index on the curved line. For example, an air temperature of 100°F and Relative Humidity of 40%. Follow the 100°F temperature line until it intersects the 40% relative humidity line. Then curved line that also intersects is the Heat Index of 110°F, or Very Hot. That is the temperature the body thinks it is and attempts to compensate for that level of heat. Remember, these values are in the SHADE. Add up to 15°F to these values if you are in direct sunlight. [Source: NWS-WFO]

The risk to the body from continued exposure to excessive heat


Click image to enlarge. [Source: NWS-WFO]

National Hazards Map – July 11


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Flooding

Many rivers in Midwest and northern Plains bulging with excess water, as flooding seems set to continue through the summer: Forecasters


GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image

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