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2012-12-12 05:03:41

With winter approaching and severe weather season only five months away, the time is appropriate for homeowners to take steps designed to protect their property from flooding. A water restoration expert explains how. Cleveland OH (PRWEB) December 11, 2012 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the United States, is offering recommendations for home owners to minimize the risk of flood damage to homes and businesses. With winter beginning at the...

Russian Far East A Hotbed Of Seismic, Volcanic Activity: Potential Threat To Pacific Basin
2012-12-04 13:10:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Soviet government has long kept outsiders away from the Russian Far East, shrouding a source of powerful earthquakes and volcanic activity on the Pacific Rim in secrecy. In the last 20 years, however, research has shown that the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands are a seismic and volcanic hotbed. This area has the potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin. As an example, in...

Storm Surge Defense Alternatives Needed To Protect Coastal New York
2012-11-20 16:31:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New storm surge barriers are being proposed to help protect Lower Manhattan in New York City from storms such as those like the recent Superstorm Sandy. Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, associate professor of landscape architecture in CCNY's Spitzer School of Architecture, is calling for the deployment of a storm surge strategy that combines elements of soft infrastructure with the hardening of existing infrastructure like the...

India’s Vital Summer Monsoons May Decline In The Face Of Global Warming
2012-11-06 09:35:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online India´s monsoons are a godsend for the country´s vital agricultural sector, providing life for crops which more than a billion people rely on. But a grim forecast for the future may spell doom for the nation´s food production and economy, as summer rains will be more sparse over the next few hundred years due to global warming. A new study by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and...

Historical Records Suggest Lake Geneva Is At Risk For Future Deadly Tsunami
2012-10-30 08:55:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have found evidence of a deadly tsunami that inundated coastal Switzerland in AD 563 after a rockfall near the River Rhone swept Lake Geneva. A wall of water 42 feet high crashed the shore, destroying villages along the coast and killing people and livestock, according to historical accounts of the incident. Scientists now say that Geneva and Lausanne remain vulnerable to similar events today, as do other cities on the...

Hurricanes Could Be Getting Stronger
2012-10-16 13:29:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Based on new extrapolations from historical data, a group of international researchers has found that tropical cyclones are larger and more frequent during years with higher average temperatures. Published this month in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists´ report shows historical trends for cyclones that occurred before the use of modern day satellite and radar tracking systems that have...

More Floods Caused In Snowy Regions From Deforestation
2012-10-03 14:19:29

New research suggests that cutting down swaths of forest in snowy regions at least doubles - and potentially quadruples — the number of large floods that occur along the rivers and streams passing through those forests. For decades, the common perception in hydrology has been that deforestation in such areas made seasonal floods bigger on average, but had little effect on the number of large floods over time, said geoscientist Kim Green of the University of British Columbia. But a...

Earth-Observing Satellites Used By Insurance Industry For Assessing Floods
2012-10-03 10:08:26

The use of data from Earth-observing satellites in the insurance business is still in the early stages, but pressure to be ready for more frequent extreme-weather events is increasing. Flooding is expensive for the insurance and reinsurance market. Last year´s flood in Thailand cost the insurance industry $15—20 billion — the most expensive flood ever in terms of insured losses. Accurate and timely information about a flood´s extent can help insurers to assess the...


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Post Weather Report From August 2, 2012
2012-08-03 11:43:48

Four major events occurred yesterday, the first being the formation of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now located just east of the Windward Islands with winds near 45 knots. The second was the heat in the Southern Plains as many places saw temps over 100F with heat index values near 105-110 for the region. High temperatures are again one of the main story makers across the country. 100 degree temperatures continue to plague Texas and Oklahoma. Eleven out of the last 14 days in...

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