Arthur Is Now the First Atlantic Hurricane of 2014: AIR Worldwide

BOSTON, July 3, 2014 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Arthur officially became a hurricane at about 5 a.m. EDT today… when maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and central pressure of 985 mb were reported by Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radar. At that time the storm was located some 190 miles (305 km) southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, but the track of the storm has since begun to shift a little to the northeast and its forward speed has increased slightly. According to the…

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A Cluster of Winter Storms Slams the UK over the Holidays: AIR Worldwide

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BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2013 — According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, over the last several days, a series of three winter storms (named Christian, Dirk, and Erich) cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK and France and flooded an estimated 1,200 homes across the UK. As of Friday afternoon local time, an estimated 13,000 homes were still without power. Trains, ferries, and aircraft have experienced significant delays and cancellations. Extratropical cyclones, also known as winter storms, form when a warm, tropical air mass interacts with…

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AIR Estimates Losses from European Windstorm Xaver at Between EUR 700 Million and EUR 1.4 Billion

BOSTON, Dec. 12, 2013 – Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that insured wind losses from Extratropical Cyclone Xaver will range between EUR 700 million and EUR 1.4 billion, with the majority of the losses in Denmark, Germany, and the UK. Losses also occurred in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, and Norway. The strong extratropical cyclone (ETC) known as Xaver came ashore on Thursday, December 5, in Scotland with wind speeds comparable to those of a Category 1 hurricane. It then headed south and moved across the North Sea to the…

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Northern Europe Cleans Up After Extratropical Cyclone Xaver: AIR

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BOSTON, Dec. 10, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, last week, Extratropical Cyclone Xaver affected large parts of northern Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, southern Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Xaver followed approximately five weeks after Windstorm Christian battered Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, UK, and Sweden in late October. AIR estimated insured losses of between EUR 1.5 billion and EUR 2.3 billion from Christian. “Hurricane-force winds caused widespread power outages and travel disruptions throughout the region, but the…

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Extratropical Cyclone Xaver Moves Slowly Across Europe with Powerful Winds and Storm

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BOSTON, Dec. 6, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Extratropical Cyclone Xaver has moved across Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Poland. Wind speeds were recorded at 158 km/h when the storm reached Germany and heavy winds affected the Netherlands, Poland, and parts of Scandinavia. Massive storm surges have occurred along the coasts of southeastern England, the Netherlands, and northern Germany. “Xaver developed off the coast of Greenland on December 4, 2013 and its development was enhanced by another low-pressure system, Wilhelm, which was located over the Norwegian…

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Tornado Outbreak in the Midwest on Sunday Destroys Hundreds of Homes: AIR

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BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, on Sunday, November 17, 2013, an outbreak of intense late-season thunderstorms accompanied by high winds, quarter-to-baseball sized hail, and dozens of tornadoes swept across the Midwest, flattening hundreds of homes. While tornadoes were sighted in several states, including Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, the most damaging twisters occurred in central Illinois. According to preliminary reports from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center (SPC), 80 tornadoes were produced by this severe thunderstorm outbreak, making it the second most active severe weather…

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U.S. weather forecasters herald the end of La Nina

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La Nina dissipates on schedule this year and is not expected to return The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has announced that the La Nina weather phenomenon has dissipated on schedule this year, coming to an end in April. The weather pattern has been blamed for creating widespread drought in Texas and troublesome natural disaster in other parts of the U.S. These events have caused serious problems for the country’s insurance industry, which has struggled to overcome the problems created by natural catastrophes from the past two years. The CPC…

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