FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — In 2020, records have been shattered left and right.
From record-breaking wildfires and heat to record rainfall and record ice-shelf melt, we’ve seemingly dealt with it all this year.
Unfortunately, August was not only a record-breaking hot month for parts of the United States, but it brought major destruction with it.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, there have been a total of four billion-dollar weather disasters for the U.S. in August.
Unfortunately, this is keeping the record-breaking pace on track for 2020.
The four events include an extremely destructive derecho, California’s wildfires, and hurricanes Isaias and Laura.
Once you add these four to the list, that makes 14 billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. for 2020.
The most billion-dollar weather disasters to affect the United States in the first eight months was 15, set in 2011.
According to NOAA, the annual average for the most recent five years (2015-2019) is 13.8 events.
Damage estimates haven’t been released yet for the events from August but NOAA is confident these are billion dollar disasters.
Isaias developed in the Atlantic on July 30, 2020.
It made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on August 3 near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
It then barreled up the eastern seaboard, leaving a large swath of destruction from the Carolinas to the New England states.
— Darius Radzius (@DariusRadzius) August 4, 2020
On August 10-11 a line of destructive winds raced from South Dakota to the western part of Ohio in just 14 hours.
The path of destruction spanned over 700 miles.
According to the NWS survey report, wind gusts of over 140 mph occurred near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Many other areas in Iowa experienced winds gusts over 100 mph.
More than 10 million acres of Iowa’s crops were destroyed, thousands of homes were either damaged or destroyed and more than a million people lost power.
— NWS Des Moines (@NWSDesMoines) August 14, 2020
Thousands of lightning strikes in the middle of August resulted in hundreds of wildfires in California.
It in fact sparked the August Complex Fire which increased significantly due to the merging of the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow and Vinegar fires.
The record heat and dry conditions across the Golden State hasn’t helped the situation.
A blaze in California was so intense it created a rare fire tornado, which prompted a tornado warning.
According to Cal Fire, six of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history have taken place during 2020.
— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) August 28, 2020
Laura made landfall on August 27 as a Category 4 hurricane near Cameron, Louisiana.
Storm surge along parts of Louisiana’s coast was over 15 feet and wind gusts exceeded 130 mph in Lake Charles.
The wind destroyed buildings, collapsed a TV tower, snapped power poles and uprooted numerous trees.
Over 800,000 customers were without power in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas.
— Cade Brumley (@cadebrumley) September 2, 2020
The other 10 billion-dollar disasters can be found here.