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NCDC's 2012 Billion Dollar Disasters - New Mexico is on the List

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for maintaining the data archive for weather and climate events.  As part of its responsibility of monitoring and assessing the climate, NCDC tracks and evaluates climate events in the U.S. and globally that have great economic and societal impacts. NCDC maintains a list of weather and climate events that have had the greatest economic impact from 1980 to 2012 - or Billion Dollar Disasters.  Including 2012, the list includes 144 weather/climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2012).

Billion dollar disasters for 2012 are illustrated on the graphic below.  Two of the events affected New Mexico. Drought conditions affected a large portion of the country, including New Mexico, for much of the year.  This ongoing drought event is more extensive than any U.S. drought since the 1930s.  During the period from June 6-12, severe storms including damaging hail affected Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. In New Mexico, a long-lived severe thunderstorm tracked across east central New Mexico on June 12, producing baseball-sized hail in Melrose and Portales and two tornadoes - near Floyd and Dora.

NCDCs Billion Dollar Disasters for 2012 
source: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/images/billion-dollar-disaster-map-2012.jpg

A news feature on all the of events of 2012 (preliminary) can be found here.

More complete information on NCDC's Billion Dollar disasters is available at the NCDC web site.

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