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A year for the record books From extreme drought , heat waves and floods to unprecedented tornado outbreaks , hurricanes , wildfires and winter storms , a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each caused $1 billion or more in damages — and most regrettably, loss of human lives and property. NOAA's National Weather Service has redoubled its efforts to create a "Weather-Ready Nation", where vulnerable communities are better prepared for extreme weather and other natural disasters.