Lanina is gone. These Were the Deadly Storms During Their Run – Boston News, Weather, Sports

La Nina seemed to treat Louisiana and the rest of the Southeastern United States like a punching bag. The three-year barrage of body beatings has ended, but has left many scars from hurricanes and tornadoes, among other weather disasters.

Experts warn that it’s difficult to attribute a single event to La Nina or its more famous cousin El Nino They announced on Thursday that the La Nina weather phenomenon was over. But they can generally say that tornadoes are more common in the Southeast and hurricanes during La Nina.

Here are some examples of those 44 different billion dollar extremes of bad weather during the reign of La Nina:


A historic December 2021 tornado outbreak in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas killing 93 people and causing $4.2 billion in damage. Tornadoes spun 800 miles, including a single tornado that plowed nearly 166 miles of Kentucky and a bit of Tennessee. At that time attributed to scientists warm air during a cold season to spring-like weather related to both La Nina and human-caused climate change.

This past March and April, three separate tornado outbreaks hit the south in less than two weeks. The first was a series of 83 tornadoes that killed two people and caused $1.3 billion in damage in late March in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Then, less than a week later, hit more than 100 tornadoes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina in three days killed three people and caused $1.5 billion in damage. About a week after Dozens of tornadoes struck Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, causing $2.8 billion in damage and killing one person.

An outbreak of 41 tornadoes struck the Southeast in March 2021, killing six people and causing $1.9 billion in damage.


Last year, Hurricane Ian was one of the costliest weather disasters in US history, hitting Florida with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, causing $112.9 billion in damage and killing 152 people.

About six weeks later, Hurricane Nicole hit many of the same places as Ian, causing another billion dollars in damage.

hurricane ida, one of four hurricanes to hit Louisiana during La Nina had winds of 150 miles per hour and killed 96 people in August 2021.

Hurricane Delta struck Louisiana in early October 2020, killing five people and causing $5 billion in damage.

Then, three weeks later, Hurricane Zeta killed six people and caused $8 billion in damage in Louisiana.

In September 2020, Hurricane Sally struck Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and portions of Georgia, causing $8.4 billion in damage.


The natural cooling and warming trends in the Pacific Ocean waters of La Ninas and El Ninos weave through global weather patterns, but studies show they are man-made climate change weather extremes have also increased and intensified worldwide.

Both La Nina and climate change “load the cubes for even more extremes,” said University of Northern Illinois atmospheric scientist Victor Gensini, but he said it’s difficult to attribute a single event to La Nina. ___ Follow AP’s climate and environmental reporting at ___ Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears ___ The Associated Press’s climate and environmental reporting is supported by several private foundations. Learn more about AP’s climate initiative Here. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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