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Weather-related fatalities in the United States

Select (US) annual weather-related deaths

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1997
     
1998
     
1999
     
2000
     
2001
     
2002
     
Floods
     
118
     
136
     
68
     
38
     
49
     
49
     
Lightning strikes
     
42
     
44
     
46
     
51
     
44
     
51
     
Tornadoes
     
68
     
130
     
94
     
43
     
40
     
55
     
Temperature extremes
     
123
     
182
     
509
     
170
     
170
     
178
     
Hurricanes
     
1
     
9
     
17
     
0
     
24
     
53
     
Snow/Ice
     
89
     
76
     
66
     
57
     
33
     
33
     

This data was tabulated from data from the National Climatic Data Center.

This table represents a 6 year period and only a select type of recorded weather events. The data was tabulated from the NCDC website by running searches on the specified weather events recorded with at least 1 fatality. The yearly timeframes were selected to cover January 1 to December 31 of each year for each event type. This table does not provide a comprehensive total of all weather-related events. Also, this is not necessarily a weather event severity comparison, but is more of an indicator of frequency of fatal occurrences for some events. However, it should be noted that the unexpected leader of fatalities comes from the temperature extremes category. That category includes heat waves as well as cold extremes.

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