Severe Hailstorms Strike Germany in Late July: AIR Worldwide

BOSTON, August 23, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, after a prolonged period of above average temperatures in Central Europe, several severe hail events were triggered on the 27th and 28th of July, ahead of a low pressure system named Andreas. On July 27 in northern Germany, a hail supercell was first reported northeast of Dortmund and propagated toward Wolfsburg. A second severe hail storm on July 28 was similarly triggered, but affected Reutlingen, Nürtingen, and Kirchheim unter Teck in southern Germany, which is a heavily populated…

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U.S. Experiences Early Season Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Outbreak: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, just two days after a series of tornadoes caused significant destruction in parts of the Ohio Valley and the Central Plains, a massive storm system on March 2 spawned dozens of tornadoes across 11 states. Preliminary data from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicate that more than 100 tornadoes touched down during this latest violent outbreak. Across the southern Ohio Valley and parts of the Southeast are widespread reports of houses ripped off their foundations, roofs blown off, downed power lines and trees,…

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Understanding Earthquake Risk in Japan Following the Tohoku-Oki Earthquake

BOSTON, Feb. 16, 2012 – Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide released a new report titled, “Understanding Earthquake Risk in Japan Following the Tohoku-Oki Earthquake of March 11, 2011.” The M9.0 Tohoku earthquake changed the seismic risk landscape of Japan. In response, AIR scientists have conducted a detailed analysis of whether and where the stresses relieved by the Tohoku earthquake have been transferred to neighboring faults. Although damage from this event is most closely associated with the massive tsunami-which in places reached a height of more than 30 meters and demolished…

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Typhoon Nalgae on Course to Hit the Philippines

BOSTON, Sept. 30, 2011 — According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Nalgae (named “Quiel” by the Philippines state weather bureau, PAGASA) formed on September 24 east of Guam from an area of convection with a weak low-level circulation center. Over the next several days, Nalgae became better organized under moderate vertical wind shear and high sea surface temperatures of 29°C-30°C. It strengthened to tropical storm strength and was named by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on September 26. Nalgae is the nineteenth named tropical cyclone of the 2011…

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