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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Climate of 1998
Annual Review
Extreme Events of 1998

National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC
June 21, 1999
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Top of Page Introduction

1998 was a year which featured numerous extreme climatic events. NCDC issued eighteen special reports covering these events during 1998--see below for links to these reports. There were also at least six weather related disasters in the U.S. that reached or exceeded the billion dollar mark in terms of direct and indirect damages/costs. These six events-- northeast ice storm, southeast severe weather and tornadoes, southern drought/heat wave, Texas flooding, Hurricane Bonnie, and Hurricane Georges--caused over $17 billion in damages and approximately 400 fatalities in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).

The U.S. has sustained 40 weather-related disasters over the past 20 years in which overall damages and costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. 34 of these disasters occurred during the 1988-1999 period with total damages/costs exceeding $170 billion. The Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters, 1980-1999 report can be accessed using this link or in the list below.

Top of Page Special Summaries of Extreme Events During 1998

Top Weather and Climate Stories of 1998
Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters, 1980-1999
Climatic Extremes of the Summer of 1998 (Tech Report, PDF File)
Mitch: The Deadliest Atlantic Hurricane Since 1780
Typhoons and Flooding in Philippines--September-October 1998 (brief report, data)
Georges Pummels Caribbean--September 1998
Bonnie Buffets North Carolina--August 1998
Severe Flooding in North and South Korea--July-August 1998 (brief report, data)
Monsoonal Flooding in India and Bangladesh--July-September 1998 (brief report, data)
Heat and Precipitation Extremes--Summer 1998
Weather Extremes--Summer 1998
Flooding in China--Summer 1998
Florida Wildfires--June 1998
El Nino Induced Flooding in South America--January-April 1998 (brief report, data)
Wet Southeast and Gulf Coast (El Nino Event)
California Flooding and Florida Tornadoes--February 1998
Eastern U.S. Flooding and Ice Storm--January 1998
The El Nino Winter of '97-'98 (Tech Report)
El Nino/La Nina--Reports and Data
1998 Wildfires Throughout the World

Top of Page Storm Events

The new Storm Events files are a WWW subset of the popular NCDC publication "Storm Data". This database contains natural hazard damages chronologically by state and time for a given month. The user can select any state or states, and any or all of the 15 weather-related damage categories (drought, hail, fog, t-storm, high winds, etc), along with any month beginning with January 1996, and get a list of the damage reports associated with the event.

Top of Page Additional Links/Resources

NOAA 1998 Climate Press Release
NCDC Climatic Extremes and Weather Events
NCDC NEXRAD National Mosaic Reflectivity Images
NCDC Images/Movies of Hurricanes and Special Events
NOAA/CPC Global Climate Highlights
Southeast Regional Climate Center-Extreme Events Page
Disaster Relief -Year in Review
Austrailian 1998 Bureau of Meteorology Press Release
Brazilian Center for Weather Forecasts and Climate Studies
National Weather Service
The Climate Alert and Climate Report
National Drought Mitigation Center
Disaster Central (News and Other Information)
ERRI Disaster/Rescue Page
Eye on the World--Links to Numerous Reports
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Floodplain Management Web Site
Earthweek News Reports
USGS Hazards System
NASA Disaster Finder System
The Tornado Project
The Natural Hazards Center (Univ. of Colorado)
Ames Research Emergency Page
State Emergency Management Agencies
Disaster Resources Page (Univ. of Illinois)
Hazards and Risk References
Recent Disasters--Numerous Sources and Links
Natural Disaster Database of Japan
Meteorological Hazards Directory
Flood Hazard Research Centre (UK)
Red Cross/Crescent Appeals and Situation Reports
Economic and Casualty Data
USA Today Climate Science
UMDL Natural Disaster Information
Natural Hazards Web Sites
Disaster Handouts and Links
International Decade for Disaster Reduction

Top of Page Selected U.S. City Extremes

The Selected U.S. City Extremes give a listing of new records that were set chronologically across the U.S. during 1998.

For further information, contact:

    Mike Changery
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 828-271-4328
    David Easterling
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 828-271-4328
    Rob Quayle
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 828-271-4328

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Last Updated 21 June 1999 by Tom Ross, et. al.