The unusual ferocity of winter storms this year, as well as where and how often they have struck, has put as much strain on some corporate and municipal budgets as heavy snow on a roof.
Whether it's climate change, a freak weather pattern or mere coincidence, no one denies the impact that severe weather has had on the United States in recent years - or the past several months, for that matter.
Extreme weather has affected every corner of the world. Historic floods in December and January in Queensland, Australia destroyed or damaged more than 30,000 homes. Bad weather in the United Kingdom caused insurance claims to double from last year, as colder temperatures caused pipes to burst and icier roads contributed to an increase in auto accidents
The United States has been affected, as well.