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Scientists Have Figured Out Why Big Hurricanes Keep Missing the U.S.
Scientists have scratched their heads in recent years as a series of major hurricanes have steered clear of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, defying probability. Now, new research published in the journal Nature explains the unlikely phenomenon as at least in part the result of an occurrence called “protective barriers,” which help keep major hurricanes from making landfall. Cool ocean temperatures combine with strong vertical wind shear, a measure of how quickly wind changes speed or direction, off the Atlantic coast. Faced with those conditions, major hurricanes tend to slow down, according to the research. Sea surface temperatures have risen globally in recent years as a result of man-made climate change, but the results have not affected every region equally. Temperatures have…
Kaikoura earthquakes expected to create billions of dollars in insurance bills
Natural disasters cost insurers $41.69 million in 2016 – low compared to previous years – but billions are yet to be added after the Kaikoura earthquake on November 14.
Figures from the Insurance Council show 2758 claims were made following natural disasters in the year, but they are quick to point out the bill does not yet not include damage from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake, or the extensive flooding that hit Wellington the next day.
According to the EQC, 18,432 claims had been lodged by December 22 – just more than a month after the quake – and many buildings and potential repairs are still being assessed. The deadline…