FIGURE 10.2 Billion-dollar weather disasters, 1980 to 2005. Of the 67 weather-related disasters indicated, 55 occurred during or after 1990. Total costs for the 67 events have been estimated at more than $500 billion based on an inflation/wealth index. The economy’s dependence on the effects of weather demands continuing improvements in forecasting capability. SOURCE: Courtesy of NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

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