WASHINGTON (June 13, 2013)--Eleven weather- and climate-related disasters caused more than 300 deaths last year, and damage that exceeded $1 billion each, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
That makes 2012 the second costliest year on record, with a total of more than $110 billion in damage, NOAA said.
Only 2005 topped that with $160 billion in damage, largely due to four devastating land-falling hurricanes including Katrina.
Last year the big one was Superstorm Sandy, which caused more than 130 deaths and about $65 billion in damage.
Along with that, billion-dollar disasters in 2012 included tornados, a yearlong drought, heat wave, and associated wildfires.