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U.S. most damaging extremeweather in 2011-2012Extreme heat, drought, and wildfiresOngoing heat, especially in the Midwest, has intensified drought conditions.Nearly two-thirds of the United States experienced “severe or extreme” droughtby October 2012, 10 and more than 50 percent of the country was still experiencingdrought conditions in early November 2012. 11 Moreover, drought and heat waveevents impacted areas with households earning an average of $49,340—5 percentbelow the U.S. median annual household income of $51,914.Extreme heat and droughtMedian household income for counties affected by billion-dollar extreme weatherevents in 2011-2012*Fast facts• September 2011 to August 2012 was the hottest12-month period in U.S. history• 181 heat-related fatalities occurred as part of the heatwave events that caused more than $1 billion in damagesin 2011 and 2012• Half of the United States is still in moderate drought orworse as of November 1, 2012• Drought damages in 2012 alone are estimated to total$0-$20,000$20,000-$40,000$40,000-$60,000$60,000-$80,000More than $80,000between $28 billion and $77 billion* A NOAA official indicated these counties as places most likely to be included in the administration’s calculation of the $1 billion+ damagesfrom the 2012 drought. Generally, these counties experienced the most severe drought, indicating the largest potential damages.The intense heat waves in 2011 and 2012 took more than 181 lives and set a flurryof temperature records across the nation. 12 The United States experienced thewarmest 12-month period in history from September 2011 to August 2012. 13More than 28,000 daily high-temperature records were matched or broken as of5 Center for American Progress | Heavy Weather: How Climate Destruction Harms Middle- and Lower-Income Americans

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