The 11 Most Damaging U.S. Weather Disasters of 2012

By Amelia Hennighausen - 2013-01-03T19:15:32Z

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Sandy, the Biggest Hurricane on Record

"Yes, yes, it's unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change" wrote Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek in his post-Sandy cover story, "It's Global Warming, Stupid." "Men and women in white lab coats tell us -- and they're right -- that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.

"Clarity, however, is not beyond reach. Hurricane Sandy demands it: At least 40 U.S. deaths. Economic losses expected to climb as high as $50 billion. Eight million homes without power. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated. More than 15,000 flights grounded. Factories, stores, and hospitals shut. Lower Manhattan dark, silent, and underwater."

Debris from houses destroyed during Hurricane Sandy clog streets and yards in Union Beach, New Jersey on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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