While at AGU14 they were still pushing the failed film Years of Living Dangerously, weather disasters supposedly exacerbated by global warming fail to materialize for the second straight year.
2014 a quiet year for weather disasters in the U.S.
The U.S. lucked out again this year, as large-scale weather catastrophes — including devastating and deadly hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires — were few and far between.
Not since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast in 2012 has a single natural disaster cost the U.S. tens of billions in damage, according to a report released today by CoreLogic. Sandy cost the U.S. about $70 billion.
“This is two straight years without big disasters,” said Tom Jeffery, a senior hazard scientist at CoreLogic, a private research and consulting company based in Santa Ana, Calif., that provides information and services to businesses and government.
Hurricanes, large tornado outbreaks and wildfires tend to be the biggest and costliest weather disasters in the U.S. each year, Jeffery said.
In terms of wildfires, 2014 has had the lowest amount of acreage lost to the blazes in the past 10 years.
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