How Shale Reduced U.S. Energy Risks from Hurricanes

October 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Hurricane Risk and Energy Resources

Just in time for the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina last month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on the reduced vulnerability of US energy supplies to Atlantic hurricanes, as a result of the energy shifts of the last decade.[read more]

Reduced Offshore Share in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production Lowers Risk from Hurricanes

August 31, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Offshore Energy and Weather Risk

Offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has experienced relatively minor disruptions because of tropical storms and hurricanes in recent years, and the NOAA has predicted a below-normal 2015 hurricane season in its updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released on August 6.[read more]

The High Cost of Hurricanes [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Hurricane Damage Risk

The past ten years have seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing more than $300 billion of damage, over 2000 deaths, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the east coast and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes.[read more]

NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Hurricane Risk This Season


Sunday, June 1, marked the beginning of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a relatively inactive June-November hurricane season this year, following the quietest hurricane season in the past two decades in 2013.[read more]

Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls 2013

December 10, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Extreme Weather Data


Last year Jessica Weinkle, Ryan Maue and I published a paper in the Journal of Climate on trends in global landfalling hurricanes (the paper and data can be found here). At the global level, our paper concludes that the data is good from 1970. Our analysis went through 2010.[read more]

Graphs of the Day: Major US Hurricane Drought Continues

November 27, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Hurricane Drought

The US good luck with respect to hurricane landfalls, yes, good luck, continues. The five-year period ending 2013 has seen 2 hurricane landfalls. That is a record low since 1900. Two other five-year periods have seen 3 landfalls (years ending in 1984 and 1994).[read more]

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion a Silver Bullet for Climate Change?

March 27, 2013 by Jim Baird

silver bullet for climate change?

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion offers a reprieve, converting the surface heat that powers tropical storms to mechanical energy and moves many times more surface heat to colder, deeper, water.[read more]

The Cost of Climate Inaction: Extreme Weather Causes Billions in Damage

December 10, 2011 by Peter Lehner

While candidates on the GOP campaign trail continue to pretend climate change doesn’t exist, communities across the nation are already being pummeled by a hallmark of climate change: extreme weather events. A new extreme weather mapping web tool produced by NRDC maps out more than 2,900 record-breaking events that took place in 20011....[read more]

If a hurricane dies at sea, does anybody count it?

November 22, 2010 by Simon Donner

This post from the Capital Weather Gang is a reminder that the lack of Atlantic hurricanes which made landfall this year does not mean it was a tepid hurricane season. The year's tracks are shown at right. The number of named Atlantic storms (19) and number of hurricanes (12) was twice the long-term average and higher than almost all of...[read more]

Batten Down the Hatches: NOAA Predicts Heightened Risk for Hurricanes

May 27, 2010 by Andrew Freedman

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that the 2010 hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1, is likely to be an “active to extremely active” one, with a 70 percent probability that 14 to 23 named storms will form, 8 to 14 of which will be hurricanes, with 3 to 7 major hurricanes (Category...[read more]

Mexico’s vulnerability to hurricane risk

February 7, 2010 by Climatico Analysis

The extremely high hurricane season of 2005 highlighted the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events.  The costliest (Katrina) and the most intense (Wilma) hurricanes were recorded in this season. Hurricane formation is closely linked to sea surface temperature. Climate models agree that the intensity and...[read more]

Ketsana and crying wolf about climate change

September 29, 2009 by Simon Donner

Ketsana is a deadly reminder that a tropical storm does not need to be powerful, by the conventional measure of wind speed, to do immense damage. Unfortunately for the people of the Philippines, another tropical storm may be on its way.The image at right (thanks to Jeff Masters) shows the rainfall rate from NASA's TRMM satellite just...[read more]

Environmental costs of natural hazards

September 9, 2009 by John Whitehead

In the 2000 book The Hidden Costs of Coastal Hazards, the Heinz Center argued that impacts on the natural environment of hurricanes, etc could be substantial. In a recently published paper, Adam Rose and myself argue to the contrary. At least, relative to the costs to the built environment, business environment, and social environment...[read more]

The path of Tropical Storm Danny

August 28, 2009 by Simon Donner

I'll have more on what we should be saying about climate change shortly (there are couple interesting responses at the Energy Collective cross-post) .The model projections at right show that fourth named tropical storm of the Atlantic season is expected to take a path quite similar to that of Bill, interesting given how El Nino events...[read more]

Hurricane Bill, the Atlantic hurricane season and Pacific warming

August 21, 2009 by Simon Donner

The first Atlantic hurricane of the season, Hurricane Bill, is on its way north towards the east coast of Canada. Forecasters expect Bill to pass the coast of Nova Scotia on Sunday and run towards Newfoundland and Labrador.The offshore path of the first and only hurricane of the Atlantic season brings to mind an interesting paper...[read more]