No they are not. More people die from floods, hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes than heat waves. The link below lists the top 67 natural disasters in the last century in the U.S. The list includes number of people killed and dollar amount in damages. There are a few blizzards, fires, and volcanoes in the mix. In 1980 though, 1,700 people died of a heat wave, damaging $55.4 billion in crops, etc. Another heat wave in Chicago in 1995 killed 150 people.
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