U.S. breaks record for most billion-dollar disasters in 2020

Among the other tragic events of 2020, the memorable year broke the record for the most billion-dollar disasters recorded in a year for the U.S.

This statistic has been tracked for 40 years now with an overall average of seven disasters each year that total $1 billion or more.

In 2020, the United States had 22 such events, totaling $95 billion in damage.

Thirteen of those disasters were severe weather events, one of which affected mainly southern Oklahoma between April 21 and 22.

Seven disasters were landfalling hurricanes after a record-setting season. One was widespread drought in the western U.S.

The final and costliest disaster was the western wildfires from last summer, causing over $16 billion in damages alone.

For 2021, continued drought and wildfire economic impacts are likely to exceed a billion dollars apiece while others still remain uncertain this early in the year.

Michael Grogan, FOX23 Severe Weather Team

Mike is a native Tulsan and thrilled to continue his career in Green Country here at FOX23. From tornado outbreaks to winter storms, he has forecasted it all in Tulsa since April 2011. Before that, he covered weather in the Mid-Atlantic states from Hagerstown, Maryland.