A wildfire in parched Texas destroyed nearly 500 homes
A tornado hits upstate NY town of Amsterdam
Tropical Storm Lee saturates Louisiana
Death toll from typhoon in Japan rises to 34
The Munich Re (a global insurance company) Annual report says the annual frequency of weather and hydrological catastrophes has risen globally from under 400 in 1980 to over 900 annually. Last year saw 960 such events in the year and they are expecting a similar number for 2011.