2012 Extreme Weather

By KBJR News 1

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
This past year has been riddled with extreme weather across the country. From floods to droughts to hurricanes, there is no doubt the weather has been strangely brutal.

"Well the first one that comes to most people's mind is hurricane sandy, so that would be like the number one, billions of dollars in damage and many, many lives lost." says Carol Christenson at the Duluths National Weather Service office.

The storms coming off the Atlantic were brutal.

Christenson said, "There has been an increase in the stronger hurricanes since, looks like about, the 1940's."

The Midwest also got slammed with an unusual storm this summer.

"The Derecho, the big wind storm that hit the Midwest" said Christenson.

Winds hits almost 90mph with millions of people left without power and millions more in damage. Summertime was also remembered for its lack of precipitation.

"The drought that is still ongoing for a good portion of the central US including Minnesota and Wisconsin, our neck of the woods." said Christenson.

Nearly 62 percent of the country experienced moderate to extreme drought during the hot summer months. Something that actually mitigated the extreme weather potential.

Christenson says,"We saw fewer tornados across the US than normal, about 900 and thirty some tornados where usually we see about 1000 nation–wide"

But closer to home we saw one of the biggest, most devastating, weather events in the Twin Ports' history.

"of course the June floods" Christenson says.

Dropping 8–10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
It was called the 500 year flood but experts say events like the June flood may become more common as our weather patterns continue to change.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch