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Hurricane Season Ramping Up Along Southeast Coast

This is it, the days surfer Blue Spivey looks forward to all winter. The days he can go online and watch those big, long swells rolling across the Atlantic Ocean like they do all year out in California. You’ve got …

Caribbean Cat Facility, CCRIF, Pays Belize for Excess Rain From Hurricane Earl

CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) made a pay-out of US$261,073 to the government of Belize as a result of heavy rains from Hurricane Earl on Aug. 4-5. Rainfall from the hurricane caused widespread flood damage to …

Typhoon Nepartak Lashes Taiwan, to Weaken Before Hitting China

Super typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan on Friday, driving thousands of people from their homes, disrupting power supply and forcing the cancellation of more than 600 flights, emergency authorities said. Television showed images of tipped-over motorcycles and large signboards being ripped …

Taiwan Readies for Typhoon Nepartak; AIR Worldwide Comments

Taiwan told schools and offices along its eastern coast to close early Thursday as Typhoon Nepartak threatens to unleash strong winds and heavy rain across the island through Friday. Airlines canceled or rerouted flights in and out of Taiwan. The …

Australia Nears Record for Fewest Cyclones Since 1970 – Thanks to El Niño

El Niño is getting some of the credit as Australia nears a record for the fewest tropical cyclones since 1970. “With the end of the season approaching and only three cyclones so far, the 2015-16 Australian region tropical cyclone season …

2015 Global Insured Losses Lowest Since 2009 Despite El Niño Effects: Carpenter

One of the strongest El Niño periods on record and a positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation were the climate drivers in 2015 that led to an exceptional season of Pacific tropical storms and severe windstorms and flooding in …

Fiji’s Strongest-Ever Cyclone Flattens Entire Villages; Death Toll Rises

The death toll from the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit Fiji climbed to at least 20 as aerial surveillance of affected areas showed entire villages were obliterated as the Category-5 storm roared across the South Pacific nation at the …

Paper Fingers Climate Change for California Wildfires

There was a bit of hesitation from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Stephanie C. Herring when she was asked questions about the increased risk and the implications of that risk for the insurance industry posed by climate change. Hesitation …

Guy Carpenter Predicts El Niño Event Will Bring Fewer Tropical Cyclone Landfalls

El Niño years bring disruptive weather, such as floods and drought, but have an added benefit of leading to fewer than average tropical cyclone landfalls, according to predictions issued by the Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre (GCACIC). As a …

As Nine Storms Roar Across the Pacific Ocean, Two Forces Are to Blame

The Pacific Ocean, named for placidity, is roaring. In the past week, eight tropical systems — and that includes two major typhoons — have formed across the Pacific from China to Mexico. On top of that, another system developed in …