National Geographic : 2012 Sep
$18 billion Hurricane Charley $19 billion Hurricane Rita $19 billion Hurricane Wilma $17 billion Hurricane Ivan 1996 2000 2005 2010 87DISASTERS Causing at least $1 billion in damages, 1996-2011 Total losses: $541 billion 1996 2000 2005 2010 $146 billion Hurricane Katrina $29 bil. Hurricane Ike FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE OCT SEPT NOV DEC JULY AUG ALL U.S. WEATHER DISASTERS from 1980 to 2011 that caused at least one billion dollars* in damages are plotted by month and year; the size of each half circle represents the cost of the disaster. The ten most costly events are labeled. COST OF DISASTER $50 BILLION $20 $10 Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, damaging nine states. had the most $ billion disasters: . DISASTER TYPE Drought /heat wave Wildfire Flood Hurricane Tornado/hailstorm/thunderstorm Blizzard / ice storm/freeze There were $ billion tornadoes, hailstorms, or thunderstorms in - , but only such events in the previous years.