Weather hazards

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Weather hazards include hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, winds, and winter weather. Many of these phenomena are related to atmospheric conditions that can be monitored and forecast. Weather hazards include hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, hail.

Why do weather hazards matter?

Weather hazards impact the entire country, with enormous effects on the economy and public safety. Since 1980, weather/climate disasters have cost the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion.[1] Several billion-dollar weather/climate disasters affect the United States in an average year.[2]

How does geoscience help inform decisions about weather and climate hazards?

Meteorologists closely monitor weather and climate in order to issue warnings and make recommendations to the public and emergency managers.

Introductory resources

Answers to basic questions about the science and forecasting of severe weather events, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, floods, damaging winds and winter weather.

Frequent questions


  1. Billion-Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters: Overview, NOAA,
  2. Billion-Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters: Table of Events, NOAA,

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