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Seasonal climate forecast for Europe

A thermometer in a window, showing a temperature of -25°C

At this time of year, in the midst of contract renewals, property insurers are keeping an eye on the long-range forecasts for the rest of the winter in Europe. We’ve all seen the headlines in the tabloids about the next … Continue reading →

Desastres naturales devastadores continúan golpeando a México. ¿Qué significa y qué sigue?

Mientras México sigue contando las víctimas y evaluando los daños del último sismo que golpeó a la capital, que se estima pueda alcanzar los $10bn, de acuerdo con el Servicio Geológico de los Estados Unidos, nosotros reflexionamos en cómo el … Continue reading →

A hurricane season of record-breaking storms – Part 2: What will the future hold?

This is a continuation of a previous blog post, A hurricane season of record-breaking storms – Part 1: Historical context With every large storm, there are always questions concerning climate change. Can storms such as those we’ve seen in recent … Continue reading →

A hurricane season of record-breaking storms – Part 1: Historical context

Hurricane season 2017 will leave many scars. A succession of September Hurricanes have left trails of devastation across many Caribbean Islands, as well as caused widespread flooding and loss across many southern states of the U.S. In fact, it was … Continue reading →

Volcanic risk: Separating the facts from the hype

Since Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in April 2010, wreaking havoc across European airspace, we’re now more sensitive to volcanic-related news. Let´s not forget that at its maximum impact, 75% of all European airline operations were closed, 10 million people were … Continue reading →

Devastating natural disasters continue to pummel Mexico. What does it mean and what’s next?

While Mexico is still counting the victims and assessing the damage from the last earthquake that struck the capital, estimated to be up to $10bn according to the USGS, we reflect on how the country is being hit left, right … Continue reading →

Deadly Hurricane Irma continues towards Florida

Sitting in a conference hall at Columbia University seems far away from violence and destruction being caused by Major Hurricane Irma. However, this conference (The Workshop on Atlantic Climate Variability – Dynamics, Prediction and Hurricane Risk) hosts some of the … Continue reading →

Peak hurricane season is approaching. What can we expect?

wind blowing palm trees and waves crashing onto the shore

Two months of 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season down, four more to go. With the peak of this year’s hurricane season yet to pass, so far we have seen seven named storms. None of these storms have become hurricanes, but echoes … Continue reading →

Hurricane season forecast: What to expect for 2017?

aerial view of a hurricane

Atlantic hurricane season is officially here; it started yesterday and will continue through November 30. This is the time when most tropical cyclones in the Atlantic form, but not all. Take for instance, Tropical Storm Arlene, which was short-lived, weak … Continue reading →

Managing severe thunderstorm risk: Looking beyond the weather forecast

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As we reach the middle of Spring, the U.S. hail and tornado season is in full swing. March is a changeable month, in weather-terms. There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “March comes in like a lion, goes … Continue reading →