Wednesday, October 31, 2012

U.S. Weather Fatalities In One Chart

Hurricane Sandy has claimed casualties across the Eastern seaboard, with a death toll of at least 33 at last count. This, sadly, is part of a broader trend of increasing weather-related fatalities since the 1980s. While traditional weather-related dangers, such as lightning, have decreased in salience, heat waves and hurricanes are inflicting heavy casualties.

I tallied up results from the National Weather Service’s fatality data to see how deaths caused by weather-related events have changed over recent decades:

  

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