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S. Climatic Change 94:473-482. National Research Council. 1999. The Costs of Natural Disasters: A Framework for Assessment. National Academy of Science, Washington, DC, 56pp. Property Claims Service (PCS). 2007. The catastrophe record for 2006. The Fact Book 2006: Property Casualty Insurance. Insurance Information Institute, New York, 33pp. E. J. Charlevoix. 2002. Severe and hazardous weather. Kendall/ Hunt Pub. , Dubuque, IA, 616pp. J. 1996. The property casualty insurance industry and the weather of 1991-1994.

However, the distribution of losses over time showed high values in recent years, 1997-2006, and the 55-year distribution had a statistically significant upward trend over time. The regional temporal 26 distributions of catastrophes showed notable spatial differences. Events in the four westernmost regions peaked in 1997-2006, whereas the number of events in the South and Central regions was not frequent during recent years. Monthly incidences of catastrophes were highest in January, December, and November, with moderately high values in summer.

Shorter crops, such as wheat and soybeans, are also damaged by high winds at crop maturity stages. High winds also create damage to orchards by breaking limbs and causing trees to fall. Crop damages are greatest in the Midwest and High Plains. The annual average crop losses from high winds are $68 million. Human Health. High winds cause deaths to humans often by falling branches or trees hitting occupied vehicles. Downed power lines also cause deaths. Annual losses during 1961-2006 ranged from 6 to 35 deaths with an annual average of 11.

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