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Top 10 Weather Events of 2021

4 Jan 2022, 5:30 pm

#10 Colorado Blizzard to Severe High Risk

A massive winter storm not only slammed the Rockies with snow, but also went on to bring a high risk of severe storms to the south. This storm kicks off our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021 at number 10.

#9 California Atmospheric River Becomes Coast-to-Coast Storm

A powerful January storm brought a billion dollars’ worth of damage to California, before making headlines coast to coast. We’re breaking down number 9 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#8 Return of the Monsoon Season

After two of the driest monsoon seasons on record, 2021 came back with a vengeance. Here are the highlights of these dangerous and destructive flooding events in the southwest in number 8 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#7 Elsa & Fred Back to Back

After Elsa made landfall in July, Tropical Storm Fred followed in similar footsteps in August. These billion-dollar disasters team up for number 7 on our Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#6 Extreme Western Wildfires

Extreme drought and record setting heat set the stage for yet another deadly wildfire year in the west. Let’s look back at number 6 on our Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#5 NW Deadly Heat Wave

Hundreds of heat related fatalities. Countless heat records broken. June’s northwest heat wave makes it to number 5 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#4 Northeast: The New Severe Hotspot?

When you think of “tornado alley”, you don’t usually think of the I-95 corridor. However, 2021 proved that frequent severe weather and flash flood events aren’t exclusive to the Midwest. Here is number 4 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#3B Back to Back Deadly December Severe: Dec. 15 Derecho

Less than a week after deadly tornadoes ripped through the Mississippi Valley, an unprecedented wind and severe event swept across the nation’s heartland. The December 15 Derecho shares number 3 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#3A Back to Back Deadly December Severe: Dec. 10-11 Tornadoes

An unprecedented, deadly severe weather event brought dozens of tornadoes to the Mississippi Valley. Including several violent and deadly nocturnal twisters. The December 10-11 outbreak that shares number 3 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#2 Frigid February: Southern Ice and Snow

Imagine being without power and water for a week. A 9 day series of winter storms brought unprecedented ice, snow and cold. The marathon February arctic blast makes number 2 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#1B Hurricane Ida: Northeast Impacts

Hurricane Ida’s historic landfall in Louisiana was just the beginning of its deadly impacts. The tornadoes and deadly flooding that Ida brought to the northeast serve as part 1 of number 1 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

#1A Hurricane Ida: Gulf Coast Impacts

The fifth strongest Hurricane to ever make landfall in the U.S., Ida hit Louisiana exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina. The lives lost and the damage done to the Gulf Coast comprise part 2 of number 1 on our list of the Top 10 Weather Events of 2021.

SPECIAL EXTRAS

9 Billion Dollar Severe Disasters in 9 Months

By the end of September, nine separate severe weather outbreaks did more than a billion dollars in damage each. Here’s a look at high impact tornado, wind and hail events that left their mark on 2021.

Other High Impact Events

There were too many major weather events to fit into just ten spots. What makes your list? Check out these high impact storms worth remembering.

Wild Weather Around the World

We continue our look back at 2021 by exploring the top weather stories around the globe this year.

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About the author
Erik Kostrzewa was born and raised in the state of Michigan; spending much of his life in the suburbs of Detroit. Erik attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s Degr... Load Moreee in Earth Systems Science and Engineering with a concentration in Meteorology. His first on-air job was straight out of college in Lansing, Michigan at WLNS-TV. After a few years, he moved an hour west to Grand Rapids to continue his career at FOX17 news. While in the heart of the lower peninsula, Erik covered a wide variety of challenging weather from lake-effect snow to derechos. Erik definitely has an interesting last name which comes from his Polish descent. If you are wondering how it is pronounced, the easiest way to say it is “Ka-Stree-Va”. Erik is thrilled to forecast on a national scale at WeatherNation and experience an even wider range of weather in Colorado! He is also looking forward to experiencing his first 14er on one of the many mountains in the state. Follow Erik on Twitter and Facebook!