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Category Archives: Weather
U.S. disasters in first 3 months of 2017 cost record $5B. Given these facts, is this the right time to endure major cutbacks in federal funding regarding EPA, NOAA, FEMA and other agencies?
Here are two articles re a new report from NOAA: From Bloomberg News: Climate Disasters Cost U.S. $46 Billion as Flooding Leads List. Excerpt: Climate-based disasters caused $46 billion in damage and killed at least 138 in the 48 contiguous … Continue reading
Better Forecasts Ahead for Western Weather and Natural Disasters The launch of a new generation of weather satellites is expected to bring dramatic improvements in imagery and, eventually, more accurate prediction of storms and natural disasters.
Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Time Series
From the New York Times Magazine (dated Oct. 23): Why Isn’t the U.S. Better at Predicting Extreme Weather? Hurricanes like Matthew have laid bare the dirty secret of the National Weather Service: its technologies and methods are woefully behind the … Continue reading
2016 Could Set a Record for Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters. The U.S. has already had the second highest number of billion-dollar weather disasters ever, claiming a total of 68 lives and $26.9 billion in damages.