2012 Mar-Apr. 2011's Billion-Dollar Disasters: Is Climate Change to Blame?

posted Mar 28, 2012, 9:44 AM by Fiona Potter   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 2:17 PM ]
| By Jeff Masters, weatherize. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8.   Excerpt: … at the beginning of 2011, Mother Nature made it abundantly clear that the gloves were off. …punishing snowstorms pounded the country, … shut down Chicago with more than 20 inches of snow and brought heavy snow to 22 states. …cost $1.8 billion,….  in April, a series of violent severe storms brought an astonishing eight billion-dollar disasters to the United States in a three-month period. The Plains and Southeast endured an epic onslaught of dangerous tornadoes that killed hundreds and caused tens of billions in damage. …Record rains …triggering billion-dollar floods on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. And after the floods, came the heat. …the summer of 2011 was the second hottest in U.S. history, just 0.1 degree below the great Dust Bowl summer of 1936…. Read the full article: http://www.weatherwise.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/2012/March-April%202012/dollar-disasters-full.html