• Allison McMIllian

United States hits world record of $306 billion for weather disasters

Over this past year, the U.S. hit a world high of $306 billion due to weather disasters. In total, the U.S. had 16 disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The society announced its figures at it's conference in Austin, Tex.

According to Fox News, the costs are adjusted for inflation, and NOAA has been keeping track of billion-dollar weather disasters since the 1980's.

Hurricane Harvey cost $125 billion, Maria cost $90 billion, and Irma cost $50 billion. In addition, the wildfires in the West caused $18 billion in damage, according to NOAA.

The Administration also said that 2017 was the third hottest year in the U.S. on record for the Lower 48 states, with a temperature of 54.6 degrees, which is 2.6 degrees warmer than the 20th century average. Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New Mexico had their warmest years ever.

"While we have to be careful about knee-jerk cause-effect discussions, the National Academy of Science and recent peer-reviewed literature continue to show that some of today's extremes have climate change fingerprints on them," said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, a past president of the American Meteorological Society.