Reminder: June is the start of hurricane season in the U.S. Some advice from the US Coast Guard re Hurricane Preparedness. Hurricane Preparedness; Make your safety plans in advance.
Concern is growing in those places still recovering from 2017 hurricanes about the coming of the 2018 hurricane season, as of the first of June. See:
From the HSNewswire: Predicting East Coast hurricane flooding risks. A model developed at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will soon make its debut in the real world, helping to characterize and predict the paths and impacts of hurricanes on the East Coast.
From the House Homeland Security Committee: Preparedness, Response, and Rebuilding: Lessons from the 2017 Disasters
In the U.S. we rely on the Saffir-Simpson Scale to measure hurricanes; that scale gives a 5 rating to the strongest storms. Now there is consideration of a possible addition to the scale. See: Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ scale may be needed. Traditional scale used goes only to five but strength and intensity of storms is increasing, says scientists
Hurricane season is finally ending. Interesting facts and figures for the 2017 season of hurricanes.
From the WSJ: Two Months After Harvey, Houston Continues to Count the Cost
Tens of thousands are still living in hotel rooms from the August hurricane, which is estimated to have cost $73.5 billion in economic loss.
Note that the chart in the article shows total estimated costs for the recent hurricanes with H. Maria and H. Irma numbers lower than for H. Harvey.
From the weather team at the WashPost.: Harvey. Irma. Maria. Why is this hurricane season so bad?
From the WashPost: Hurricanes are menacing our economy. We have to invest in better prediction.
To protect our communities and our nation’s economy, we must make smart investments that will advance our forecasts. This would provide actionable intelligence for officials making evacuation decisions, utility crews positioning in advance to restore power to affected areas, and businesses safeguarding valuable inventory.
Although the scientific community has been mobilized to confront these challenges, the government in recent years has cut annual spending on its flagship hurricane forecast improvement program from $13 million to less than $5 million. Compared with the costs of Harvey and Irma, this is as though we own a $30,000 car and will not spend more than about 90 cents a year to protect it.
Other countries are outpacing us in weather prediction.
From a former NY Times reporter: After a Dozen Hurricanes and 40 Years, Familiar Dangers With Higher Stakes