If you live or vacation on the Atlantic coast, you’re no stranger to inclement weather. And you know June through November is hurricane season, with disaster always just one storm away. Yet things seem oddly quiet this year. Before this hurricane season started, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a 75 percent chance the season would be average or above average. But with little happening so far, NOAA has downgraded its predictions and now expects the season to be less severe.Read More
Here in New York State, we’re no strangers to cold, ice, and snow. And while winter can be a beautiful time of year, it can also be extremely dangerous. The recent winter storms here on the East Coast should be an adequate reminder of that. Hundreds of people in the U.S. die each year either directly due to winter storms and cold or in winter-related motor vehicle accidents.Read More
The relentless rainstorms and flooding in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in recent weeks should serve as a stark reminder of the devastation flooding can cause – and how quickly it can happen. Houston and New Orleans were drenched with more than double their normal rainfall for the month of April, and huge areas from central Texas through much of Louisiana and into southern Mississippi have received three to six times their normal rainfall since the middle of April. Weather.com reports that so far in 2016, there have been 19 reported deaths in four states.Read More
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When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, it impacted 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and as far west as Michigan and Wisconsin. It damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, forced thousands of people into shelters, and wreaked havoc on vital infrastructure. Overall damage estimates in the U.S. are around $65 billion, making Sandy the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history after Katrina.
When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast in October 2012, few could have predicted the massive devastation. New York City saw a record storm surge of water and widespread flooding. Over 7.5 million businesses and households in fifteen states and the District of Columbia were plunged into darkness without electricity. Kinetic Analysis Corporation estimated the overall economic impact from Sandy could be as high as $25 billion.
With April well under way, people across the U.S. are finally starting to thaw out from the long brutal winter. Chicago reported the coldest winter in 30 years and the third snowiest on record according to WGN’s Chicago Weather Center blog. Here in the East, we’ve been dealt blow after blow of winter’s fury, with bitter cold and heavy snowfall in many areas.