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How ‘Bermuda High’ Threw Irma and Damage Estimates Off Course

Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on …

RMS Launches New Models for Tropical Cyclone & Earthquake in Asia Pacific

RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based risk modeling and analytics firm, has introduced typhoon models for wind and flood for South Korea and Taiwan, plus four new earthquake models for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. This launch augments the company’s existing suite …

High-Tech Weather Forecasters Still Rely on Old-Fashioned Balloons

When the latest computer forecast models couldn’t figure out where major Hurricane Joaquin was headed earlier this month, the National Weather Service ordered extra launches of one of its oldest tools — the weather balloon. Twice a day, in what …

New U.S. Satellite Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Hurricanes

Hurricanes hold lots of secrets. Unlocking them can help forecasters predict the next steps the deadly storms will take. That, in turn, will help improve computer forecast models and give meteorologists a better understanding of each system. As the forecasting …

Is This the End of Active Hurricane Era?

Colorado State University’s annual benchmark forecast for Atlantic hurricanes is unlikely to change significantly when it is updated June 1, according to CSU hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach, as the increasing likelihood of moderate to strong El Nino conditions in the …

Karen Clark’s New Program Creates Realistic Hurricane Tracks, Loss Estimates

Just in time for the 2013 hurricane season, Karen Clark & Co. (KCC), a catastrophe risk and modeling firm, has released a scientific tool for creating hurricane tracks and wind speeds. Named WindfieldBuilder, the tool enables property/casualty insurance companies to …

Florida Keys’ Citizens Look to Lower Islands’ Risk Profile, Rates

Frustrated by rising premiums, reduced coverage and a single market, citizens and officials in the Florida Keys are hoping to convince catastrophe modelers, insurers and reinsurers that their islands are not as big a risk for wind damage as they …