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California Super Storm Climate-Driven? Still Insufficient to Quell Drought

A Pineapple Express “super storm” now lashing California may be driven by climate change, a report states. Yet however strong the storm and no matter what’s causing it, California’s ongoing storm would need to be replicated at least five more …

Rain in Drought-Dry California Brings Hopes, Fears

A Pacific storm moved into drought-dry California on Tuesday, bringing hopes for much-needed moisture but fears of mudflows on wildfire-scarred hillsides. Light rain began falling before sunrise, but the heaviest downpours were expected later in the day. Storm watches were …

Arizonans Face Second Tropical Threat in Two Weeks

A week ago, Hurricane Norbert pumped tropical moisture across the U.S. Southwest, touching off record rainfall in Phoenix and Tucson that killed at least two people, flooded hundreds of homes and shut highways throughout the region. This week, Hurricane Odile …

AIR Worldwide’s Analysis of Typhoon Bopha’s Impact on the Philippines

AIR Worldwide’s analysis of Typhoon Botha’s [also named ‘Pablo,’ locally] impact on the Philippines indicates that as “insurance penetration in this area is around 10 percent to 20 percent; insured losses are not expected to be high as a result …

Colombia to Offer Climate Change Insurance to Coffee Farmers

Colombia is launching insurance to protect coffee plantations hit by climate change, which has damaged output in the world’s top producer of high quality Arabica beans in recent years, officials said on Wednesday. After three years of bad weather and …

AIR Analyzes Heavy Impact of UK Floods; 2012 Losses ‘Above Average’

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide has issued a preliminary report on the floods caused by the heavy rainfall that began lashing the British Isles on Thursday, November 22, prompting hundreds of flood warnings and alerts. “As of Tuesday, November 27 …

As UK Floods Continue, ABI Urges Progress on Stalled Insurance Talks

The UK is currently experiencing a protracted series of floods, which have swept up the west coast of the country through Wales and into the Midlands. Two deaths have been reported, and over 800 homes and businesses have been flooded …

CPC Forecasts Weak El Niño for Northern Hemisphere Winter

The U.S. national weather forecaster still expects the much-feared El Niño phenomenon, which can wreak havoc on global weather, to remain weak into the Northern Hemisphere winter, even after its development slowed last month. In its monthly assessment, the Climate …

Typhoon Sanba Makes Landfall in South Korea: AIR Analysis

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Sanba made landfall on September 17 just before noon local time (3:00 UTC) in South Gyeongsang Province on the southern coast of South Korea. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were around 150 …

NZ Weather Scientists Foresee Short, Weak El Nino

El Nino weather conditions, which can bring droughts to parts of Asia and affect crops, have emerged but will likely be weak and short lived, New Zealand scientists said on Tuesday. El Nino is a warming of sea surface temperatures …