WASHINGTON - Federal weather experts say extreme weather caused extreme losses in 2012.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration says 11 weather- and climate-related disasters caused over 300 deaths last year, and damage that exceeded $1 billion each.
That makes 2012 the second costliest year on record, with a total of more than $110 billion in damage. Only 2005 topped that with $160 billion in damage, largely due to four devastating land-falling hurricanes including Katrina.
Last year the big one was Superstorm Sandy, which caused over 130 deaths and about $65 billion in damage. Along with that, billion-dollar disasters in 2012 included tornados, a yearlong drought, heatwave and associated wildfires.
The Associated Press