Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

Nature’s Fury

The Science of Natural Disasters

The 2002 Ice Storm

Photo credit: Mogil, H. Michael. Extreme Weather: Understanding the Science of Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Heat Waves, Snow Storms, Global Warming and Other Atmospheric Disturbances. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2007, p. 59.

The 2002 Ice Storm

On January 30, 2002, one of the most severe ice storms in history struck Kansas City with ice an inch-and-a-half thick. The storm damaged nearly 500,000 trees and left over 350,000 people without power in the metro, some for as long as two weeks. Cleanup costs totaled over $28 million.