2017 Was A Record-Breaking Year For Natural Disasters In The U.S.

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2017 not only more than doubled the average number of extreme weather events, it was also the third-hottest on record.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2017 was a record-making year all around, with $306 billion in damage due to extreme weather events and temperatures placing it as the third-hottest year on record in the U.S.

“Clearly, 2017 underscores what we’ve seen in the past with regard to better mitigating our risk and enhanced frequency of weather and climate extremes,” Adam Smith, an applied climatologist at NOAA, said at a briefing Monday.

Though 2017 came in as third-hottest, all of the top five hottest years in the U.S. have taken place since 2006.

Last year ... marks the 21st year in a row that the average annual temperature has been higher than the 1901-2000 average, Crouch said.

The year 2017 also included 16 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion each — two inland floods, one freeze event, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones, as well as drought and wildfire, Smith said.

Keep in mind, the average annual number of events from 1980 to 2017 was just 5.8 per year, and the annual average for the most recent five years (that is, 2013 to 2017) was 11.6 events.

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