Category Archives: Weather risk

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

Dark Tornado

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


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”

weather forecasting

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 →

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


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 →

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 →

Haiyan Loss

Super Typhoon Haiyan's Eye - detailed infrared image from NASA/NOAA

Every time there is a major natural catastrophe somewhere in the world, losses are measured in several terms. First and foremost there is the human cost. While the loss of life may eventually be measured in a number, the suffering … Continue reading →

Lessons from Hurricane Sandy: “A Wake-up Call”

Hurricane Sandy: NJ coast. A handout photograph by the US Air Force on 30 October 2012, taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, in New Jersey, USA. Credit: EPA

Maybe the reason this year’s hurricane season has been so light is that last year’s gave us so much to think about. Insurers realized they were underpricing a serious exposure – “we were giving it away,” one underwriter said. Continue reading →

Flash Floods, Flimsy Coverage

Pearls in Water

If your Ferrari tastes extend to your home, and you have top-of-the-line construction and luxury furnishings, you may be in for a shocking surprise if your house is flooded. Continue reading →