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Billion-Dollar Weather

Billion-Dollar Weather

The number of U.S. weather disasters costing more than one billion dollars in damage nearly doubled from 1996 to 2011, compared to 1980 to 1995.

Grades

5 - 8

Subjects

Climatology, Earth Science, Meteorology

drought
noun

period of greatly reduced precipitation.

extreme weather
noun

rare and severe events in the Earth's atmosphere, such as heat waves or powerful cyclones.

hurricane
noun

tropical storm with wind speeds of at least 119 kilometers (74 miles) per hour. Hurricanes are the same thing as typhoons, but usually located in the Atlantic Ocean region.

natural disaster
noun

an event occurring naturally that has large-scale effects on the environment and people, such as a volcano, earthquake, or hurricane.

tornado
noun

a violently rotating column of air that forms at the bottom of a cloud and touches the ground.

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Director
Tyson Brown, National Geographic Society
Author
National Geographic Society
Production Managers
Gina Borgia, National Geographic Society
Jeanna Sullivan, National Geographic Society
Program Specialists
Sarah Appleton, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Margot Willis, National Geographic Society
Producer
Clint Parks
other
Last Updated

May 20, 2022

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