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Earl Gregg Swem Library

NOAA 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Categories: Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Includes an updated forecast which calls for a 90% probability of a below normal Atlantic hurricane season due to the strength of the El Nino conditions in the Pacific.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

Categories: Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

Documents the growth over the past 20 years of the cost of fighting wildfires and the impact those costs are having on the portion of the Forest Service budget devoted to recreation, restoration, and other activities.  From the U.S. Forest Service


Analysis of Storm-Tide Impacts From Hurricane Sandy in New York

Categories: Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Presents comparisons of Hurricane Sandy’s peak storm-tide elevations to selected historical storms and annual exceedance probabilities as well as other storm-surge magnitude information.  From the U.S. Geological Survey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Army Corps of Engineers: Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are increasing.  This report covers how the Corps prepares for and responds to extreme weather events in planning water resources projects and its assessment about whether existing water resources infrastructure is prepared for such events.  From the Government Accountability Office


State of the Climate in 2014

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

2014 was the warmest year on record for the Earth.  The report includes global climate indicators, notable weather events, and contributions from more than 400 scientists in nearly 60 countries.  Includes sections on oceans, regional climates, the tropics, and the polar regions.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society


An Earthquake History: Finding Faults in Virginia

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Examines the history of earthquakes in Virginia and describes a project which attempts to map the state’s seismic zones.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


National Preparedness Report 2015

Categories: Homeland Security,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

Annual report summarizing progress in building and delivering the 31 core capabilities for preparedness against natural and human disasters at all levels of government.  From the Federal Emergency Management Agency


NEX Global Daily Downscaled Climate Projections

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Interactive dataset containing climate scenarios for the globe.  Each projection includes daily maximum and minimum temperatures, and precipitation for the periods from 1950 forward to 2100 and is designed for examining climate change impacts at local and regional scales.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


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