Droughts and Heat Waves
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), as of July 12, 2016, Moderate to Exceptional drought is impacting about 15 percent of the area of the United States, affecting 79.5 million people. In response to California’s historic drought which began in 2012, on May 5, 2015, for the first time in the state’s history, mandatory water restrictions were ordered by California’s governor Jerry Brown.
According to the National Weather Service heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. June 2016 was the warmest June on record for the U.S. according to the National Center for Environmental Information.
NATURAL CATASTROPHE LOSSES IN THE UNITED STATES, 2015
Global Catastrophes, 2015
Top 10 Deadliest World Catastrophes, 1970-2015