With hurricane season still in mid-swing, a record-tying 10 $1 billion weather disasters have racked the nation so far this year, according to federal, state and private forecasters.
The latest to the list is Hurricane Irene, which made landfall in the U.S. on Aug. 27 and caused major flooding and deaths along the entire Eastern Seaboard.
At least two dozen people have died, and damage is estimated at at least $1 billion, but could go as high as $10 billion.
The melting of heavy snowpack in the northern Rocky Mountains and heavy rains flooded the Missouri and Souris rivers across seven states this summer.
Losses are estimated at more than $2 billion to date.
Rains that were nearly three times the normal amount in the Ohio Valley, along with melting snows, flooded the Mississippi River and its tributaries this spring and early summer.
At least two people were killed, and damages totaled $2 billion to $4 billion.
High heat, lack of rain and fires have taken their toll across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Kansas, western Arkansas and Louisiana.
Total direct losses to date are well over $5 billion.
As many as 15 central and Southern states suffered from the outbreak of an estimated 180 tornadoes, causing and 177 deaths, including 160 from the EF-5 twister that hit Joplin, Mo.
More than $4.9 billion in insured losses have been reported.
This late April outbreak of an estimated 305 tornadoes led to 327 deaths, including 240 in Alabama.
More than $6.6 billion in insured losses were reported.
More than $1.4 in billion insured losses and 38 deaths were reported, 22 of them in North Carolina.
The spring outbreak spawned an estimated 160 tornadoes, though none higher than an EF-3.
This outbreak of an estimated 59 tornadoes wreaked havoc across nine central and Southern states April 8-11.
More than $1.5 billion in insured losses were reported, but no deaths.
Ten Midwest and Southern states were in the cross hairs of an estimated 46 tornadoes April 4 and 5.
More than $1.6 billion in insured losses and nine deaths were reported.
A winter storm from Jan. 29-Feb. 2 dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow across central, eastern and northeastern states.
Thirty-six deaths were reported, and insured losses were greater than $1.1 billion.
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Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
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