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Pima County leads AZ when it comes to extreme weather

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TUCSON - Pima County leads the way for Arizona when it comes to extreme weather events, according to recent University of Arizona study.

When you think about extreme weather, Pima County may not come to mind but it does record nearly 50 extreme weather events every year, causing nearly $10 million in property damages.

Along with wildfires, flash flooding and thunderstorms have racked up $3 billion in damages across the state since 2010. UA Assistant Professor, Laura Bakkensen, says Pima County deals with the greatest impact from these storms.  

“Pima County has the highest average count of these extreme weather events per year at about 47 per year, so we were surprised by that,” said Bakkensen.

These events have a direct impact on our economy whether it’s costly hail to agriculture or floods that put a construction project behind but our mild winters tend to help make up those lost dollars.

“We have a bump in tourism in the winter and tourism alone brings in more than $2 billion to Pima County,” said Bakkensen. “So there are positives from the weather as well.”

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