NOAA: 2023 worst year on record for billion-dollar disasters
The U.S. experienced 23 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the first eight months of 2023 — the largest number since records began.
Driving the news: "With approximately four months still left in the year, 2023 has already surpassed the previous record of 22 events seen in all of 2020," per a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) accompanying its report on the disasters Monday.
By the numbers: The 23 events include:
18 severe weather events.
Two flooding events.
One tropical cyclone (Hurricane Idalia).
One wildfire event.
One winter storm event.
Threat level: "These events caused...