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Mayor Details New Hurricane Sandy Aid Reforms – New York Times


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Mayor Details New Hurricane Sandy Aid Reforms
New York Times
For thousands of New Yorkers whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the rebuilding process has been a slog of navigating the federal bureaucracy and an alphabet soup of municipal agencies, with residents of Staten Island and the …
EXCLUSIVE: City Controller Scott Stringer launching audit of Build it Back New York Daily News
Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce 'major changes' to city's Hurricane Sandy SILive.com
Scott Stringer to audit Build it Back programThe Real Deal Magazine (blog)
JP Updates -New York Observer -Fox News
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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 1:14 am

In Biscayne National Park, Eliott Key, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, reopens … – MiamiHerald.com


In Biscayne National Park, Eliott Key, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, reopens
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ELIOTT KEY — When Hurricane Sandy pounded Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park in September 2012, a massive storm surge washed over the skinny island beloved by boaters and campers, ripping out piers, cracking its seawall and forcing rangers to …
Elliot Key Reopens After 18-Month ClosureCBS Local

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 11:16 pm

Frank Haith to Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Latest Details, Analysis and Reaction – Bleacher Report


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Frank Haith to Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Latest Details, Analysis and Reaction
Bleacher Report
Haith and Tulsa University have reportedly reached a verbal agreement for the Missouri men's basketball coach to leave his post and take the same position with the Golden Hurricane. No formal announcement has been made, but ESPN's Jeff Goodman …
Frank Haith agrees to Tulsa dealESPN
Haith could head to TulsaSpringfield News-Leader

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 10:07 pm

NC State researchers calling for quiet hurricane season – The Outer Banks Voice


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NC State researchers calling for quiet hurricane season
The Outer Banks Voice
The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than in the past 20 years but still in line with overall averages from 1950 to the present, researchers at North Carolina State University say. Eight to 11 named storms should form in 2014 in the

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 5:51 pm

New for hurricane season — storm surge maps – al.com (blog)


New for hurricane season — storm surge maps
al.com (blog)
The wind usually gets the most attention when it comes to hurricanes, but storm surge is often the most deadly. The NHC holds out 2005's Hurricane Katrina, blamed for 1,500 deaths, as an example, saying "many of those deaths occurred directly, or

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 4:22 pm

Conference underway to determine future hurricane preparedness – WCTI12.com


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Conference underway to determine future hurricane preparedness
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The six-month Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. This year, the hurricane center is trying new color-coded maps to clarify the dangers of storm surge for coastal residents. The graphics will be posted online and will show how far from the beach

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 11:57 am

Hurricane survey: water’s the threat, but most still fear wind – ActionNewsJax.com


Hurricane survey: water's the threat, but most still fear wind
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The survey clashes with the reality that hurricane evacuation zones are based on the threat of water, not wind, and nearly all evacuation orders reflect the threat of inland flooding and storm surge. “In recent years, water from storm surge and inland

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 9:18 pm

National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Maps to Be Unveiled for 2014 Hurricane … – The Weather Channel


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National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Maps to Be Unveiled for 2014 Hurricane
The Weather Channel
When a hurricane strikes the coast, wind speed is only one piece of the story – storm surge does far more damage in many instances. But storm surge maps have been nebulous in the realm of public understanding, leaving residents questioning or unaware …
New National Hurricane Center map could help save lives in Tampa BayWTSP 10 News
Predictions: 2014 could be quieter-than-average hurricane yearCharlotte Observer
Hurricane hazards education vital, disaster experts sayJackson Clarion Ledger
WRAL.com -Tampa Bay Business Journal (blog) -Grist
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Posted on 16 April 2014 | 8:07 pm

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge – Yahoo News


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New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge
Yahoo News
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges. "We are not a storm …
New Graphics, Warnings for Hurricane SeasonNBC 6 South Florida
FEMA chief to address US hurricane conferenceThe Virginian-Pilot

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Posted on 15 April 2014 | 11:44 pm

Hurricane Season Forecast: Colorado State University Predicts Below-Average … – The Weather Channel


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Hurricane Season Forecast: Colorado State University Predicts Below-Average
The Weather Channel
The 2014 hurricane season is expected to have a below average number of named storms and hurricanes, according to Dr. Phillip J. Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University (CSU). 2014 hurricane season forecasts from The Weather …
Quiet 2014 hurricane season forecastUSA TODAY
Experts predict quieter hurricane seasonCNN International
Forecasters See Quiet Atlantic Hurricane SeasonInsurance Journal
Washington Post (blog)
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Posted on 10 April 2014 | 6:15 pm

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Hurricane season: Expert warns against complacency | Video

Florida's last hurricane was Wilma in 2005, which also was the last major storm — a Category 3 or stronger — to hit the U.S. shoreline.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:12 pm

Researchers expect relatively quiet hurricane season

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than in the past 20 years, but still in line with overall averages from 1950 to the present, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:58 pm

Predictions: 2014 could be quieter-than-average hurricane year

Teams from N.C. State University and Colorado State University predict average to below-average hurricane activity in 2014.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 4:55 pm

Florida has hurricane lull before the storm, expert says

Florida's last hurricane was Wilma in 2005, which also was the last major storm — a Category 3 or stronger — to hit the U.S. shoreline.

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 12:53 pm

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges. "We are not a storm surge savvy nation. Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes. So you can see why we're motivated to …

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 1:33 am

Hurricane center director says new color-coded maps should help clarify risks of storm surge

The National Hurricane Center hopes new color-coded maps they're trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water will rise.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 8:06 pm

Hurricane forecasters will map potential storm surge

Starting this year, national hurricane forecasters will issue maps showing where there's potential for storm-driven seawater to charge miles inland to flood streets, knock down homes and kill people.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 10:20 am

Hurricane forecasters will map potential storm surge | Video

Starting this year, national hurricane forecasters will issue maps showing where there's potential for storm-driven seawater to charge miles inland to flood streets, knock down homes and kill people.

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 9:02 am

U.S. storm team predicts below-average Atlantic hurricane season

By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quieter than normal, with a below-average number of storms and hurricanes, a leading U.S. hurricane forecasting team said on Thursday. Forecasters at Colorado State University (CSU) predicted this year's season will see nine tropical storms, three of which will intensify into a hurricane and one becoming a major …

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 7:30 pm

Colorado State Predicts Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Sandy moves towards Cuba in the Atlantic Ocean, on October 24, 2012. Close Hurricane Sandy moves towards Cuba in the Atlantic Ocean, on October 24, 2012.

Posted on 10 April 2014 | 3:17 pm

Hurricanes and Cyclones News — ScienceDaily

Model now capable of street-level storm-tide predictions

A new modeling study demonstrates the ability to predict a hurricane’s storm tide at a much finer scale than current operational methods. The water that surged into the intersection of New York City’s Canal and Hudson streets during Hurricane Sandy — to choose just one flood-ravaged locale — was ultimately driven ashore by forces swirling hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic. That simple fact shows not only the scale and power of a tropical cyclone, but the difficulty of modeling and forecasting its potential for coastal flooding on the fine scale needed to most effectively prepare a response.

Posted on 25 March 2014 | 5:35 pm

Rise in heart attacks after Hurricane Katrina persisted six years later

Lingering stress from major disasters can damage health years later, according to a new study that found a three-fold spike in heart attacks continued in New Orleans six years after Hurricane Katrina. Researchers also found a lasting disruption in the timing of heart attacks in the six years after the storm with significantly more incidents occurring on nights and weekends, which are typically times hospitals see fewer admissions for heart attacks.

Posted on 18 March 2014 | 3:36 pm

New airborne GPS technology for weather conditions takes flight

GPS technology has broadly advanced science and society’s ability to pinpoint precise information, from driving directions to tracking ground motions during earthquakes. A new technique stands to improve weather models and hurricane forecasting by detecting precise conditions in the atmosphere through a new GPS system aboard airplanes.

Posted on 17 March 2014 | 9:06 pm

Crowdsourced rain samples map Hurricane Sandy’s evolution

As the climate changes in the 21st century, more hurricanes may stray farther north along the eastern seaboard, like Superstorm Sandy did. During Sandy, researchers used crowdsourcing to collect the largest ever dataset of hurricane rain waters and analyze the storm’s isotopic fingerprint.

Posted on 11 March 2014 | 10:46 pm

Aerosols from human activities tend to weaken hurricanes and cyclones

Aerosols in the atmosphere produced from human activities do indeed directly affect a hurricane or tropical cyclone, but not in a way many scientists had previously believed. In fact, they tend to weaken such storms, according to a new study.

Posted on 10 March 2014 | 2:17 pm

Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land

Computer simulations have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, the computer model revealed that an array of 78,000 wind turbines off the coast of New Orleans would have significantly weakened the hurricane well before it made landfall.

Posted on 26 February 2014 | 12:50 pm

Hurricane prediction: Real time forecast of Hurricane Sandy had track and intensity accuracy

A real-time hurricane analysis and prediction system that effectively incorporates airborne Doppler radar information may accurately track the path, intensity and wind force in a hurricane, according to meteorologists. This system can also identify the sources of forecast uncertainty.

Posted on 25 February 2014 | 3:16 pm

Computer model can help coastal managers with nourishment decisions

Coastal managers can make better decisions and possibly save millions of dollars through a computer model that helps them to understand the long-term effects of major storms, sea-level rise and beach restoration activities and possibly save millions of dollars. The model uses 154 years of storm and erosion data following tropical storms and hurricanes that hit Santa Rosa Island, off Florida’s Panhandle, and sea-level rise projections to predict beach habitat changes over the next 90 years.

Posted on 24 February 2014 | 5:37 pm

Increase in Arctic cyclones is linked to climate change

Winter in the Arctic is not only cold and dark; it is also storm season when hurricane-like cyclones traverse the northern waters from Iceland to Alaska. These cyclones are characterized by strong localized drops in sea level pressure, and as Arctic-wide decreases in sea level pressure are one of the expected results of climate change, this could increase extreme Arctic cyclone activity, including powerful storms in the spring and fall. A new study uses historical climate model simulations to demonstrate that there has been an Arctic-wide decrease in sea level pressure since the 1800′s.

Posted on 18 February 2014 | 3:07 pm

Outsmarting nature during disasters: Instead of winging it, planners need to think carefully about costs and benefits

The dramatic images of natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the Tohoku, Japan, earthquake and tsunami, show that nature, not the people preparing for hazards, often wins the high-stakes game of chance. In a recent presentation, a geophysicist uses general principles and case studies to explore how communities can do better by taking an integrated view of natural hazards issues, rather than treating the relevant geoscience, engineering, economics and policy formulation separately.

Posted on 17 February 2014 | 5:24 pm