Weather-related fatalities in the United States

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Select (US) annual weather-related deaths[edit]

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
These data were 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, 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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