Although COVID-19 will be the defining news story of 2020, we can’t overlook the extreme weather and natural disasters sweeping the United States this year.
As I write, Hurricane Sally is making landfall on the Gulf Coast, barely two weeks after Hurricane Laura rocked the same region. That’s not to mention the two other named storms gliding across the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, or the two additional systems possessing a high chance of formation in the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
On Facebook, I see pictures of the destruction resulting from massive wildfires sweeping the Western US, especially in my home state of California. Against this backdrop of human tragedy, 2020 is likely to go down as the most expensive year on record in terms of weather-related damage. In fact, we’d already racked up more than $10 billion in total losses before accounting for