November 27, 2020

New Analysis/Data: NOAA Releases 2017 Climate Highlights (3rd Warmest Year on Record) & 16 Weather/Climate Disasters With Losses Exceeding $1 Billion

From a National Centers for Environmental Information/NOAA Summary:

Based on preliminary analysis, the average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 54.6°F, 2.6°F above the 20th century average. This was the third warmest year since record keeping began in 1895, behind 2012 (55.3°F) and 2016 (54.9°F), and the 21st consecutive warmer-than-average year for the U.S. (1997 through 2017). The five warmest years on record for the contiguous U.S. have all occurred since 2006.

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Source: NCEI/NOAA

During the year, the U.S. experienced 16 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion, with total costs of approximately $306 billion – a new U.S. annual record. The previous costliest year for the U.S. was 2005 with losses of $215 billion driven in large part by Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita. The number of events (16) ties 2011 for most billion-dollar disasters in a single year.

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Source: NCEI/NOAA

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Source: NCEI/NOAA

Direct to Complete Summary (Includes Six Graphics)

See Also: Summary #2: 2017 U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: A Historic Year in Context (Includes Nine Visuals)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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