Climate Disaster Maps Shows Texas is the Most Apocalyptic State in the Nation
The study found that since 1980, the U.S. has experienced 203 weather and climate disasters whose damage each exceeded at least $1 billion. Bearing the brunt of these disasters is Texas, which faced a total of 90 billion-dollar weather events in the past 37 years. About 44 percent of all costly weather disasters in the U.S. since 1980 have been in Texas.
“The year 2016 was an unusual year, as there were 15 weather and climate events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States,” wrote study author Adam Smith. “Cumulatively, these 15 events led to 138 fatalities and caused $46.0 billion in total, direct costs.” Incredibly, four of these billion-dollar weather disasters occurred in Texas.
Trib+Water Interviews Marcus Gary, field operations supervisor at the Edwards Aquifer Authority and chairman of the South-Central Texas Water Research Interest Group about Water Conservation Challenges