FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — 2020 will go down in history as the year that brought major destruction and loss from coast to coast.
From January through September 2020, the United States. has experienced 16 separate billion-dollar weather disasters.
Eleven of those disasters were due to severe storms and the other five are comprised of a large wildfire, a drought and three tropical cyclones (Hurricanes Isaias, Laura and Sally).
2020 is already the 6th consecutive year w/ 10 or more #BillionDollarDisasters (weather and climate).
— NOAA (@NOAA) October 7, 2020
According to NCEI, 2020 is tied with 2011 and 2017 for the largest number of disasters in a calendar year.
It is the sixth-consecutive year with 10 or more billion-dollar disasters that have impacted the U.S.
Unfortunately September alone had historic wildfires burning up and down the west coast, record-breaking tropical activity in the
— NOAA (@NOAA) October 7, 2020
Atlantic basin and the United States endured record breaking heat.
One of the most notable events are the wildfires in California that have been burning since Mid-August.
To date, a record-breaking 4 million acres have burned across California which is more than double the previous record that was set in 2018.
5 of the largest wildfires in CA history have occurred this year. As we move further into fall we recognize that we still have the potential to experience more large & damaging wildfires so we remain prepared. Make sure you & your family also plan, prepare, & stay aware. pic.twitter.com/blmgo4r52p
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 30, 2020
According to NCEI, five of the top six largest wildfires on record in the Golden State have burned from the middle of August to the end of September.
The August Complex fire is still raging across the state into early October.
#AugustComplex, burning across five counties in northern Coast Ranges, has become California's first modern "#megafire." This complex of individual fires, which have burned together into contiguous burn area, now spans 1 million acres--larger than state of Rhode Island. #CAfire pic.twitter.com/M1LzyqMR3I
— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) October 5, 2020
The record-breaking pace of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season continued in September.
A total of 10 named storms formed which include Nana, Omar, Paulette (which developed twice), Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred, Alpha and Beta.
It was the first time since 1971 that five named storms were churning in the Atlantic Basin at a single time.
For the 2nd time on record, the Atlantic has 5+ tropical cyclones (tropical depression (TD) or stronger) simultaneously: #Hurricane #Paulette, TD #Rene, Tropical Storm #Sally, Tropical Storm #Teddy and TD21. Other time was from September 11-14, 1971. pic.twitter.com/9ET1OoxE6f
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 14, 2020
Lastly, the drought across the U.S. worsened during September.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 43% of the U.S. was in a drought.
Drought conditions continued to expand across the Midwest, Northeast and the western half of the U.S.
It was the 15th driest September on record for Indiana.
Unfortunately, 2020 isn’t over yet and Hurricane Delta is aiming for the Gulf Coast by the end of the week.
Delta could become the next billion dollar disaster.