Facts + Statistics: Winter storms

Winter storms caused about $3 billion in insured losses in 2018, compared with about $1 billion in 2017, according to Munich Re. Winter storms include winter damage and blizzards.

Overall And Insured Losses From Winter Storms In The United States, 1980-2018

(2018 $ billions)

Source: © 2019 Munich Re, Geo Risks Research, NatCatSERVICE. As of November 2019.

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U.S. Winter Storm Insured Loss Trends, 1980-2018

(2018 $ billions)

Source: © 2019 Munich Re, Geo Risks Research, NatCatSERVICE. As of November 2019.

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Top 15 Costliest U.S. Winter Events By Insured Losses, 1980-2018 (1)

($ millions)

        Losses when occurred  
Rank Date Event Location Overall Insured (2) Deaths
1 Feb. 16-25, 2015 Winter storm,
winter damage
AR, CT, DC, DE, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS,
NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT
$2,800 $2,100 39
2 Mar. 11-14, 1993 Blizzard  AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC,
NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV
5,000 2,000 270
3 Jan. 5-8, 2014 Winter damage,
cold wave 
AL, CT, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO,
MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WI
2,500 1,700 NA
4 Apr. 13-17, 2007 Winter storm,
tornado, floods
CT, DE, GA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ,
NY, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WV
2,000 1,600 19
5 Mar. 1-3, 2018 Winter storm CT, DE, DC, MD, MA, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, VA 2,300 1,600 9
6 Apr. 7-11, 2013 Winter storm CA, IN, KS, MO, NE, SD, WI 1,500 1,200 NA
7 Mar. 13-15, 2010 Winter storm (Nor'Easter),
floods
CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI 1,700 1,200 11
8 Dec. 10-13, 1992 Winter storm CT, DE, NJ, NY, MA, MD, NE, PA, RI, VA 3,000 1,000 19
9 Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2011 Winter storm,
snowstorms,
winter damage
CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MO, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX, WI 1,300 980 36
10 Dec. 17-30, 1983 Winter damage,
cold wave
FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN,
MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA,
RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
1,000 880 500
11 Jan. 17-20, 1994 Winter damage,
cold wave
CT, DE, IN, IL, KY, MA, ME, MD, NC, NH, NJ,
NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
1,000 800 70
12 Feb. 10-12, 1994 Winter damage AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA 3,000 800 9
13 Jan. 1-4, 1999 Winter storm AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, MO, MA, MD, ME,
MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
1,000 780 25
14 Jan. 4-9, 2008 Winter storm AR, CA, CO, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NE, NY, OH, OK, OR, WA, WI 1,000 750 12
15 Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 1996 Winter damage AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI,
MO, MS, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI
1,500 740 16

(1) Costliest U.S. blizzards and winter storms/damage based on insured losses when occurred, as of March 2019.
(2) Based on property losses including, if applicable, agricultural, offshore, marine, aviation and National Flood Insurance Program losses and may differ from data shown elsewhere.

NA=Data not available.

Source: © 2019 Munich Re, NatCatSERVICE.

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Natural Catastrophe Losses In The United States, 2018

(Based on perils)

Source: © 2019 Munich Re, NatCatSERVICE; Property Claim Services (PCS®)*, a Verisk Analytics® business. As of March 2019.

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