Category Archives: Weather risk

The 12 Risks of Christmas: How We Helped Santa This Year

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Everyone knows Santa to be a great humanitarian and a “jolly old elf,” but he wants to be known for something else: business transparency. So, in our latest client meeting with St. Nick and his senior elf management, they asked … Continue reading →

Dangers & Opportunities Behind Latest IPCC Climate Change Report

IPCC: Change in Average Surface Temperatures, 1986-2005 to 2081-2100

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published its Synthesis Report, a comprehensive summary of the IPCC’s three previous reports, which outlined the causes, the impacts, and the potential solutions to climate change. The report comes at … Continue reading →

Seasonal Climate Impact Prediction

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We couldn’t possibly have anticipated Hurricane Sandy in advance of the season, or could we? Continue reading →

Weather-Related Environmental Risks

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On September 24, representatives from the insurance, legal and scientific communities participated in an A.M. Best webinar on Weather Related Environmental Risks to discuss the increased attention on natural hazards/disasters related to climate change, and the pollution liability exposures and … Continue reading →

Japan Facing Early Season Typhoon: Neoguri

Super Typhoon Neoguri Bears Down on Okinawa, Japan Mainland, Credit: NOAA

The 7th tropical cyclone of the northwestern Pacific season, Typhoon Neoguri (‘raccoon dog’ in Korean), has passed Okinawa and is bearing down towards the Kyushu region in the southwest of Japan. Continue reading →

Chasing Tornado Data: Exploring Three Decades of Violent Storms

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U.S. tornado season is upon us. Tornadoes can occur all year round, but the most likely period in the U.S. is from early spring through summer. Continue reading →

Adapting to Climate Change: Weather Risk

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Climate change doesn’t happen overnight. But it can happen relatively rapidly as we have seen over the past decades – according to the majority of scientists, we’ve seen a warming trend faster than most naturally occurring fluctuations. Continue reading →

Special Report: Adapting to Climate Change

WillisWire Special Feature: Adapting to Climate Change

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group warns that no one on the planet will be untouched by the damaging effects of global warming in coming decades. While public policy and government intervention can … Continue reading →

Seasonal Forecasting: Understanding the “Crystal Ball”

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Weather prediction improved leaps and bounds during the satellite era, and in recent decades computational capabilities have grown immensely. However, forecasting the details of weather (rainfall amounts and locations for example) has fundamental limits, meaning we are unlikely to be … Continue reading →

Thoughts on the Midwest Tornado Outbreak

Tornado on the Plains

November isn’t generally known for tornado outbreaks in the U.S., but mid-way through the month a vicious and deadly swathe of tornados swarmed through the Midwest States of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan leaving widespread damage and destruction … Continue reading →