Hurricane season 2017: what the hell just happened?

Hotel Forum: How to build a resilient business

Donoghue (pictured), who is also a mayoral advisor, will explain how a crisis can unfold and what hospitality businesses can do when faced with the unexpected at the conference, which takes place at the Park Plaza Westminster on 29 November.

He will address what happens in government circles when a crisis occurs, the effect that terrorism and security concerns had on visitor attractions this summer, and provide his top five tips for communications in a crisis.

Meanwhile, a panel of operators will discuss the unforeseen business challenges they have encountered and how they dealt with them. It will include Andrew Brownsword Hotels’ John Badley, who was called into action when fire ripped through one of England’s oldest hotels, the 53-bedroom Royal Clarence hotel in Exeter, and Manchester’s Lowry hotel general…


Frequency of excessive summertime heat seen rising across U.S.

The analysis compared daily summertime high temperatures recorded at thousands of U.S. government weather stations across the country from 2007 through 2016 with the same data in the years 1961 to 1990, and showed a pattern of more frequent extreme heat nationally.

The study, issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council, identified 21 states and the District of Columbia as being the hardest hit. In each one, at least 75 percent of residents now face more than nine summer days in which temperatures are higher than the top 10 percent hottest days of June through August during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, according to the report.

The group said its findings add to a growing body of evidence that climate change attributed to emissions of heat-trapping “greenhouse” gases, caused by fossil fuel combustion and other human activities, is having direct consequences…


Hurricane season 2017: what the hell just happened?

All the rain that Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, in one massive water drop. Javier Zarracina/ Vox

It’s an image that sums up what a punishing Atlantic hurricane season it has been. From late August to early October, it seemed that just as one storm was barreling west, another was spinning up right behind it.

Irma, the center storm in this image, broke a new record for hurricane intensity by sustaining 185 mph winds for 36 hours. In the days after this image was taken, Jose would obtain major hurricane status (Category 3), marking the first time on record where two Atlantic storms had 150 mph winds at the same time. Just a week later, Hurricane Maria would form and eventually knock out Puerto Rico’s power grid, setting off a terrible ongoing humanitarian disaster.

And the toll of these storms has been deadly and costly. We still don’t have an accurate death toll from Maria’s destructive path through Puerto Rico, a storm that could end up costing the cash-strapped island around $95 billion. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are estimated to have caused $200 billion in damage. It’s been 12 years since storms of this intensity have made landfall in the US. Their return this year is, foremost, a reminder: We’re vulnerable.

Now that the Atlantic has quieted down and there are no new storms to track, I wanted to know: What the hell just happened?

Is it normal to have so many strong storms in a row? And how should we think about this season in relation to climate change? To take stock, I called up several…



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