USA Today

Led by the devastation from Hurricane Sandy and the Midwest drought, 2012 will likely be the second-costliest year for weather and climate disasters on record, according to data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The costliest year for damages in the USA was 2005, when four hurricanes lashed the nation, including Katrina.

The USA has endured 11 separate weather and climate disasters so far this year that led to damages of at least $1 billion, NOAA reported today. This follows 2011, when an all-time record of 14 separate billion-dollar disasters were reported.

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