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County with the most severe weather in every state

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    County with the most severe weather in every state

    Humanity has consistently been awed by the destructive force of the natural world. Greek mythology contains dozens of gods and goddesses that were little more than weather events personified: Zeus’ rage manifested itself as thunder and lightning bolts while the harsh winter months were said to be caused by the goddess of spring returning to her husband in the Underworld.

    While most people no longer explain scientific phenomena through oral tradition, persistent bad weather can leave many wondering if they’ve been cursed with bad luck. Stacker set out to find the places in America most impacted by severe weather. Using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Stacker sorted a decade of storm events large and small from 2008 to 2017, weighting all of them equally, and created a list of the counties with the most severe weather in every state.

    Do you think you have the worst weather around? Click through the find out if that’s really the case, and discover which two Midwestern counties have 100 or more severe weather events every year.

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    Alaska: Haines County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 12
    Most frequent severe weather: Winter storm (7.5 events per year); heavy snow (3.8 events per year); blizzard (0.3 events per year); high wind (0.3 events per year)

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    Alabama: Madison County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 71
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (35 events per year); hail (16 events per year); flash flood (10.6 events per year)

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    Arkansas: Pulaski County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 58
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (18.7 events per year); thunderstorm wind (17.7 events per year); flash flood (9.6 events per year)

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    Arizona: Maricopa County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 73
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (35.8 events per year); flash flood (11.7 events per year); heavy rain (9.8 events per year)

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    California: San Bernardino County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 60
    Most frequent severe weather: Flash flood (34.5 events per year); thunderstorm wind (4.9 events per year); heavy snow (4.2 events per year)

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    Colorado: El Paso County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 81
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (58.3 events per year); flash flood (10.1 events per year); thunderstorm wind (2.7 events per year)

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    Connecticut: Fairfield County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 39
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (15.8 events per year); winter weather (4.7 events per year); flash flood (4.3 events per year)

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    Delaware: New Castle County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 56
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (13 events per year); strong wind (8.8 events per year); flood (5.9 events per year)

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    Florida: Duval County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 60
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (25.7 events per year); heavy rain (10.2 events per year); hail (9.4 events per year)

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    Georgia: Chatham County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 46
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (28.1 events per year); hail (9.6 events per year); flash flood (3.6 events per year)

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    Hawaii: Honolulu County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 67
    Most frequent severe weather: Heavy rain (28.3 events per year); high surf (26.7 events per year); flash flood (6.1 events per year)

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    Iowa: Polk County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 90
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (28.6 events per year); hail (21.8 events per year); heavy rain (20.1 events per year)

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    Idaho: Ada County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 30
    Most frequent severe weather: Heavy snow (19.1 events per year); winter weather (2.3 events per year); thunderstorm wind (1.5 events per year)

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    Illinois: Cook County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 76
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (33.7 events per year); hail (20.8 events per year); flash flood (7.5 events per year)

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    Indiana: Marion County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 39
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (15.4 events per year); thunderstorm wind (15.1 events per year); flash flood (3.8 events per year)

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    Kansas: Sedgwick County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 100
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (50.6 events per year); thunderstorm wind (33.8 events per year); flash flood (7 events per year)

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    Kentucky: Jefferson County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 48
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (22.3 events per year); flash flood (6.4 events per year); flash flood (6.4 events per year)

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    Louisiana: Caddo County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 56
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (21.4 events per year); hail (12.7 events per year); flash flood (10.7 events per year)

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    Massachusetts: Middlesex County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 56
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (25.7 events per year); hail (9.7 events per year); flood (6.4 events per year)

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    Maryland: Baltimore County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 70
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (24.1 events per year); flash flood (15.2 events per year); winter weather (7.3 events per year)

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    Maine: Aroostook County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 57
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (30.8 events per year); hail (10.5 events per year); flash flood (4.6 events per year)

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    Michigan: Oakland County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 38
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (25.8 events per year); hail (10.4 events per year); flash flood (0.5 events per year)

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    Minnesota: Hennepin County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 44
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (19.9 events per year); thunderstorm wind (12.4 events per year); heavy rain (3.4 events per year)

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    Missouri: Greene County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 83
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (32.2 events per year); hail (22 events per year); flash flood (14.8 events per year)

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    Mississippi: Hinds County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 42
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (19.4 events per year); hail (8.3 events per year); flash flood (7.3 events per year)

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    Montana: Carbon County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 51
    Most frequent severe weather: High wind (33 events per year); heavy snow (6.1 events per year); winter storm (5.2 events per year)

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    North Carolina: Wake County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 42
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (21.9 events per year); hail (10.2 events per year); flash flood (7.1 events per year)

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    North Dakota: Grand Forks County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 36
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (11.3 events per year); thunderstorm wind (7.9 events per year); tornado (3.3 events per year)

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    Nebraska: Lincoln County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 67
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (39 events per year); thunderstorm wind (19.5 events per year); tornado (2.4 events per year)

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    New Hampshire: Grafton County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 42
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (18.4 events per year); flood (6.6 events per year); flash flood (5.8 events per year)

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    New Jersey: Atlantic County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 44
    Most frequent severe weather: Winter weather (12.5 events per year); strong wind (5.6 events per year); thunderstorm wind (4.8 events per year)

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    New Mexico: Eddy County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 30
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (17.4 events per year); flash flood (6.8 events per year); thunderstorm wind (4.4 events per year)

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    Nevada: Clark County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 60
    Most frequent severe weather: Flash flood (20.3 events per year); high wind (11.6 events per year); thunderstorm wind (7.7 events per year)

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    New York: Oneida County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 48
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (16.6 events per year); thunderstorm wind (13.1 events per year); flash flood (4.3 events per year)

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    Ohio: Hamilton County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 43
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (13.2 events per year); hail (9.2 events per year); flash flood (7 events per year)

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    Oklahoma: Tulsa County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 61
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (22.2 events per year); thunderstorm wind (22 events per year); flash flood (10.7 events per year)

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    Oregon: Gilliam County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 22
    Most frequent severe weather: Frost/freeze (10.3 events per year); high wind (8.1 events per year); high surf (2.4 events per year)

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    Pennsylvania: Allegheny County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 78
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (30.9 events per year); flash flood (16.9 events per year); hail (15.3 events per year)

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    Rhode Island: Providence County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 20
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (5.4 events per year); flood (3.2 events per year); hail (2.7 events per year)

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    South Carolina: Charleston County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 65
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (25.1 events per year); flash flood (17 events per year); hail (15.2 events per year)

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    South Dakota: Pennington County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 77
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (49.4 events per year); thunderstorm wind (21.5 events per year); flood (2.3 events per year)

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    Tennessee: Davidson County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 57
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (36.7 events per year); hail (9.7 events per year); flash flood (3.4 events per year)

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    Texas: Tarrant County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 67
    Most frequent severe weather: Hail (28.7 events per year); thunderstorm wind (25.6 events per year); flash flood (6.2 events per year)

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    Utah: Kane County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 28
    Most frequent severe weather: Flash flood (10.9 events per year); winter weather (8 events per year); drought (3.4 events per year)

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    Virginia: Fairfax County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 48
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (25.1 events per year); flash flood (10.5 events per year); hail (5.6 events per year)

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    Vermont: Chittenden County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 33
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (11.4 events per year); hail (8.4 events per year); winter storm (4.3 events per year)

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    Washington: Kittitas County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 26
    Most frequent severe weather: Heavy snow (17.2 events per year); winter weather (2.3 events per year); wildfire (1.8 events per year)

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    Wisconsin: La Crosse County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 40
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (9.3 events per year); winter weather (6.8 events per year); hail (6 events per year)

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    West Virginia: Kanawha County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 37
    Most frequent severe weather: Thunderstorm wind (17.9 events per year); hail (7.6 events per year); winter weather (2.6 events per year)

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    Wyoming: Albany County

    Severe weather events per year (2008–2017): 133
    Most frequent severe weather: High wind (125 events per year); winter storm (4.9 events per year); blizzard (0.9 events per year); heavy snow (0.9 events per year)

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