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Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

The 2002 Ice Storm

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.

Photo of a tree covered in thick ice and splitting down the middle from the weight of the ice

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.