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Florida Congresswoman Requests Longer Hurricane Season

Even though the six-month Atlantic hurricane season lasts as long as a typical Major League Baseball season, a Florida congresswoman thinks it needs to be longer. Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Report: Climate Change Requires a ‘Rethink’ of How Catastrophic Events are Funded

Severe weather events and demographic challenges will continue to strain government finances, a trend that will require “a rethink of how catastrophic events are funded” and push the need for greater use of public-private partnerships to manage risk, a new …

Florida Officials Plan to Raise $100M for Reef Restoration in Florida Keys

Federal officials have announced plans to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “Mission: Iconic Reefs” calls for restoring nearly 70 acres (28 hectares) of the Florida …

University of Alabama Researchers to Study How People React to Severe Weather

A new research project getting under way around Tuscaloosa aims to document how people react to severe weather. The University of Alabama says research sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Severe Storms Laboratory is meant …

The United States Saw 11 Natural Disaster Events That Exceeded $1 Billion in Damage During 2018

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. When it comes to natural disasters, 2018 was an eventful year worldwide. Typhoons devastated the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Oman. Earthquakes caused mass casualties in Indonesia, business interruption in …

Florida Red Tide Not Diminished by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael failed to break up a patchy and toxic algae bloom that has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s shoreline for the last year, experts said Monday, meaning the red tide outbreak could continue to cause problems …

Fast, Furious: How Michael Became a 155mph Monster Hurricane

Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns supercharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida’s Panhandle. Hurricane Michael was barely a hurricane Tuesday morning, with winds of 90 mph. A little over …

Red Tide Affecting Both Sides of Florida’s Coasts, Expected to Linger

Red tide is expected to linger along Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts at moderate levels at least through early this week. Most South Florida beaches were open Friday with warnings posted about the toxic algae. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Study: Texas to See More Frequent 100-Year Rain Events

Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Sept. 27 …

Florence Floods: Hurricane Rating System Fails to Account for Deadly Rain

When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near …