Tornadoes, hurricanes and floods often capture the public’s attention, but it’s the extreme heat that’s deserving of more awareness — it’s the No. 1 weather-related killer. Excessive heat claimed an average of 138 lives per year in the U.S. from 1990 through 2019, according to the National Weather Service.
What weather event killed the most people?
Number of deaths due to weather conditions and storms in the U.S. in 2019
|Characteristic||Number of fatalities|
What weather is the deadliest?
In 2016, flooding was the number-one cause of weather-related fatalities, but over a 30-year period, on average, extreme heat is the deadliest form of weather.
What kills more lightning or tornadoes?
On average, lightning kills more people per year than tornadoes.
How many deaths are caused by hurricanes each year?
Hurricanes And Related Deaths In The United States, 2000-2020
|Year||Total hurricanes (1)||Deaths (2)|