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Extreme Weather 2011

Weather by the numbers in 2011

   3million+: the number of residents who lost power during an unseasonably early nor’easter storm that spanned West Virginia to Maine (Oct 29-31).
  -31degrees F: the record low temperature reported in Nowata, Oklahoma, on February 10, 2011, which is the coldest temperature on record for the state!
 343: the largest outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded (April 25-28), which left a deadly path of destruction from Alabama to Virginia.
 199: the number of confirmed tornadoes across the Southeast on April 27, the most on record for any single day in the United States!
   1million+: the number of acres burned across just Texas, during a record wildfire season for the Southern Plains states.
   3billion: the potential cost (dollars) to rebuild Joplin, Mo., after it endured the single costliest tornado in U.S. history on May 22. It was the 7th deadliest tornado the U.S. has seen, with 158 lives lost.
-7.97: the value of the Palmer Hydrological Drought Index (PHDI) for Texas in September that indicated the most intense drought to affect the state in 117 year period of record.
 300percent: three times the amount of average precipitation (mainly rainfall) in the Ohio Valley that caused historic flooding along the Mississippi river.
  19: the number of tropical storms in the Atlantic this year, the 3rd busiest season since record keeping began in 1851.