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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...

Most Vulnerable Cities Revealed With Flood Risk Index
2012-08-22 15:13:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, published in the latest online edition of Natural Hazards, suggests that Shanghai is the most vulnerable city to serious flooding. A team of researchers from the University of Leeds and the Netherlands base their findings on a new method they developed to calculate the flood vulnerability of cities. The index looks at the likelihood of a city's exposure to a major 'once in a hundred years' flood, along with social and...

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2012-08-16 03:00:31

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from August 15: Yesterday was a big day for hail as many places in the Northeast from New Jersey to Long Island New York had hail averaging in size of 1.0in. A second area of hail reports set up from Western Minnesota into Western Iowa. There were multiple wind damage reports from the New Jersey and New York Long Island area. Wind reports were scattered all up and down the east coast along the frontal boundary and then a few more...

2012-08-10 23:02:58

Severe weather season is in full swing, and severe weather means a heightened chance for flooding to occur. While flooding may not be totally prevented, the threat of flood damage may be cut down through research into the flood history in the immediate area. A water restoration expert guides you through the process of determining the flood risk to your home or business. Cleveland OH (PRWEB) August 10, 2012 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and...


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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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