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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
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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)

  • Alabama: Madison County
    3/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    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)

  • Arkansas: Pulaski County
    4/ Airman 1st Class Scott Poe // U.S. Air Force

    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)

  • Arizona: Maricopa County
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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)

  • California: San Bernardino County
    6/ Simbajak // Wikimedia Commons

    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)

  • Colorado: El Paso County
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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)

  • Connecticut: Fairfield County
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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)

  • Delaware: New Castle County
    9/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    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)

  • Florida: Duval County
    10/ U.S. Coast Guard // Flickr

    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)

  • Georgia: Chatham County
    11/ Georgia National Guard // Flickr

    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)

  • Hawaii: Honolulu County
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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)

  • Iowa: Polk County
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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)

  • Idaho: Ada County
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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)

  • Illinois: Cook County
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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)

  • Indiana: Marion County
    16/ Howard Kang // Flickr

    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)

  • Kansas: Sedgwick County
    17/ State Farm // Flickr

    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)

  • Kentucky: Jefferson County
    18/ Bill Alden // Flickr

    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)

  • Louisiana: Caddo County
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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)

  • Massachusetts: Middlesex County
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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)

  • Maryland: Baltimore County
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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)

  • Maine: Aroostook County
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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)

  • Michigan: Oakland County
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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)

  • Minnesota: Hennepin County
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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)

  • Missouri: Greene County
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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)

  • Mississippi: Hinds County
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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)

  • Montana: Carbon County
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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)

  • North Carolina: Wake County
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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)

  • North Dakota: Grand Forks County
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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)

  • Nebraska: Lincoln County
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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)

  • New Hampshire: Grafton County
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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)

  • New Jersey: Atlantic County
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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)

  • New Mexico: Eddy County
    33/ vaxomatic // Flickr

    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)

  • Nevada: Clark County
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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)

  • New York: Oneida County
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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)

  • Ohio: Hamilton County
    36/ Sonnett // Flickr

    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)

  • Oklahoma: Tulsa County
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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)

  • Oregon: Gilliam County
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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)

  • Pennsylvania: Allegheny County
    39/ Dan4th // Flickr

    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)

  • Rhode Island: Providence County
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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)

  • South Carolina: Charleston County
    41/ U.S. Department of Agriculture // Flickr

    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)

  • South Dakota: Pennington County
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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)

  • Tennessee: Davidson County
    43/ stephenyeargin // Flickr

    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)

  • Texas: Tarrant County
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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)

  • Utah: Kane County
    45/ Stephen Edmonds // Wikimedia Commons

    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)

  • Virginia: Fairfax County
    46/ Jarek Tuszyński // Wikimedia Commons

    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)

  • Vermont: Chittenden County
    47/ Doug Kerr // Wikimedia Commons

    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)

  • Washington: Kittitas County
    48/ Ed Edahl // Wikimedia Commons

    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)

  • Wisconsin: La Crosse County
    49/ davidwilson1949 // Flickr

    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)

  • West Virginia: Kanawha County
    50/ Leif Skoogfors // Flickr

    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)

  • Wyoming: Albany County
    51/ Leila Monaghan // Wikimedia Commons

    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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