Oregon saw 54 extreme weather records broken in 2012

The Natural Resources Defense Council released and interactive map showing extreme weather events nationwide and by state.

The Natural Resources Defense Council released and interactive map showing extreme weather events nationwide and by state. Click here to see the map and check out the data behind it. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council on Tuesday released an interactive map documenting extreme weather events in 2012 on a state-by-state level.

The group found that nationwide 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow were broken — 54 of them in Oregon.

The council reports that 10 Oregon counties saw record-breaking heat resulting in 15 new records. Thirteen counties saw record-breaking rainfall resulting in 28 new records. In addition nine counties had record-breaking snow with 11 new records set. The state also had 48 sizable wildfires.

According to NRDC, the records set in 2012 highlight a pattern of extreme weather. The group quotes insurance giant MunichRe saying that from 1998 through 2011, weather-related extreme events in North American nearly quintupled.

As a whole, 2012 was the warmest year ever recorded in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s State of the Climate report released last week. NOAA has also estimated that 2012 will surpass 2011 in aggregate costs for U.S. annual billion-dollar disasters, and MunichRe also recently revealed that in 2012, more than 90 percent of the world’s insured disaster costs occurred in the US.

The record-setting heat and drought headlined the NRDC's national report. The top 10 states for hot weather extremes in 2012 were:

  1. Tennessee
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Minnesota
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Nevada
  7. West Virginia
  8. Maine
  9. Colorado
  10. Maryland


The NRDC is advocating for a limit on carbon emissions, better emergency planning and better resources for state-level planning.

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