Mary Anna (9 Dec 2011)
"2011 saw record number of high-cost weather disasters"

 
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-weather-costs-20111208,0,4813011.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fnation+%28L.A.+Times+-+National+News%29&utm_content=Google+Read

The U.S. experienced a dozen natural disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damages this year.