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US hit by seven disasters in 2023, causing $19 billion in damages

11:20 AM May 10, 2023 IST | Ground report
us hit by seven disasters in 2023  causing  19 billion in damages

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that the United States has experienced five severe weather events, a northeastern winter storm, and a California flooding event, so far in 2023.

The cost of these events has exceeded $19 billion, resulting in 97 fatalities. According to NOAA, the total number of disasters this year is lower than the figures for the same period in 2017 and 2020, which both had eight events recorded in January-April.


However, the highest number of total disasters recorded in a year in the US is still 22, set in 2020, according to NOAA data.

In addition to these natural disasters, many regions of the country have also experienced unprecedented levels of heat, with certain states reporting their highest temperatures during the January through April period, according to the latest US climate report released by the Centers. National Environmental Information. by NOAA.


  • California flooding, January-March, $3.5 billion
  • Northeastern winter storm / cold wave, February 2-5, $1.5 billion
  • Two South and Eastern severe weather outbreaks, March 2-3 and March 24-26, $6.4 billion
  • Central tornado and Eastern severe weather outbreak, March 31-April 1, $4.3 billion
  • Central and Eastern severe weather, April 4-6, $2.2 billion
  • Central and Southern severe weather, April 15, $1 billion

Record heat and severe weather events are hitting the United States this year, according to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). To date, the US has experienced five severe weather events, one winter storm in the Northeast and one flood in California, resulting in more than $19 billion in damage and 97 deaths.


The first four months of 2023 have also been record warm for seven states and in the top 10 warmest for 21 others, with an average temperature of 40.9°F or 4.94°C. NOAA notes that the US also experienced a record number of tornadoes this year, with 466 recorded from January to March alone.


Globally, April 2023 was the fourth warmest on record, with Spain, Portugal and Morocco reporting their highest April temperatures, according to the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Average precipitation for the first four months of 2023 was also higher than usual, at 10.22 inches, or 25.96 centimeters, which is 1.88 cm above normal.

Which states saw their record warmest year so far?

StateAverage temperature January-AprilDegrees above last century average
New Jersey44.47.2
North Carolina52.75.4

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