US hit by multiple billion-dollar weather disasters in 2015

Categories: Analysis
Published on: January 8, 2016

Climate Change News / Alex Pashley / 08 January 2016

Billions dollar disaster US 2015Ten bouts of extreme weather wreaked billion-dollar losses on America last year due to a strong El Nino and global warming, according to a federal agency.

Mississippi floods in December and California wildfires throughout the summer were among events which claimed 155 lives and destroyed thousands of homes, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday.

That was around double the 1980-2015 average number to exceed $1 billion of damage in the five distinct types of disaster. Three or four types are more common, the Washington DC-based agency said.