Nearly Every American Has Had to Deal With Some Weather Disaster Since 2007. Wow. What a headline. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ice storms… those are real weather disasters, but I suppose you can pretty much define any unpleasant weather event as a disaster if you need to in order to make a point.
Of course, what constitutes a “disaster” partly depends on where you live and what you do for a living. Here in Oklahoma the two feet of snow we got a couple of years ago was a disaster but in Buffalo they were laughing and wondering what we were all whining about. Drought is so common here we generally don’t think of it as a disaster but if you are a farmer it’s somewhat more of a disaster for you than it is for the guy who’s just worried about not being allowed to water his lawn. Like many things, it’s largely a matter of perspective.