Category Archives: Hurricanes

Storm surge hockey stick (?)

by Judith Curry

“The results show that the extreme sea levels observed during Hurricane Katrina will become ten times more likely if average global temperatures increase by 2°C”, said Dr Jevrejeva. That would mean a storm surge of Katrina proportions every other year. - Alex Kirby

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Sandy: a wake-up call on our satellite-based weather and climate observing capacity

by Marshall Shepherd

Hurricane – Post-Tropical Storm Sandy is one of “those” moments. A moment that rallies the public and policy makers around an issue. Other “those” moments include 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of Sandy, an array of issues have surfaced including the role of climate change, vulnerability of urban infrastructure, and how it will effect the U.S. Presidential election. As I write this, another Nor’easter looks to impact the same region in the days after the election.

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Hurricane Sandy: Part n

by Judith Curry

Hurricane Sandy is having many repercussions beyond the obvious damage.

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Learning (?) lessons from Sandy

by Judith Curry

America is growing more skilled – and getting better fast – at emergency response to disasters of growing geographical reach, cost, and complexity. But we can and should do more. America needs a comparable national effort and accompanying long-term investment in reducing the need for emergency response on such a grand scale. - Bill Hooke

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Frankenstorm

by Judith Curry

Hurricane Sandy is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record in terms of diameter of the storm.  Sandy was associated with an estimated 13 foot storm surge in areas near New York City.

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Hurricane (?) Isaac

by Judith Curry

Tropical Storm Isaac is now spinning up in the Gulf of Mexico.   The models have finally converged on New Orleans as the landfall location.  Are better forecasts of hurricanes possible?  New research is pointing the way for improvements, and more useful hurricane forecasts are becoming available from the private sector, particularly at longer time horizons and also with regards to landfall impacts.

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2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season

by Judith Curry

So, what can we expect for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season?  All of the seasonal forecasts are coming in for a near or below normal year.  But already, we have seen two named storms, before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1.

What do I think the 2012 season holds?

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Hurricane Irene: psychology of risk perception

by Judith Curry

As Major Hurricane Irene prepares to sideswipe the entire east coast of the U.S. north of North Carolina, what makes people discount or respond to to information on an impending disaster?

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Hurricanes and global warming: 5 years post Katrina

by Judith Curry

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season saw hurricane activity and devastation that was unprecedented in the historical record.

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