US DATA: US fall weather was milder than normal, and the US so far
has “set a record with 12 separate billion dollar weather/climate
disasters in 2011, with an aggregate damage total of approximately $52
billion. This record year breaks the previous record of nine
billion-dollar weather/climate disasters” in 2008. See

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20111207_novusstats.html