2011 sets record for weather disasters
Southern Plains/Southwest Drought, Heatwave, & Wildfires, Spring-Summer Drought, heatwave, and wildfires created major impacts across the Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Kansas, and western Arkansas and Louisiana.
Mississippi River flooding, Spring-Summer Persistent rainfall (nearly 300 percent normal precipitation amounts in the Ohio Valley) combined with melting snowpack caused historical flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
Upper Midwest Flooding, Summer Melting of an above-average snow pack across the Northern Rocky Mountains combined with above-average precipitation caused the Missouri and Souris Rivers to swell beyond their banks across the Upper Midwest.
Hurricane Irene, Aug. 20-29 While it will take several months to determine an accurate estimate of the damage from Hurricane Irene, there is no question it will rank as the 10th billion-dollar weather/climate event of the year.