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Atlantic Hurricane Season Still Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Agency press release on updated hurricane predictions for the Atlantic Ocean for the 2016 hurricane season.  Now calls for 70% chance for 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.  Also discusses the atmospheric conditions which lead forecasters to increase the expected number of hurricanes from the earlier spring prediction.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Text of Federal Register notice which informs federal agencies about their need to consider the impacts of any program actions on the emission of greenhouse gases and climate change.  Provides guidance to agencies on how to respond to GHG emissions and the effects of climate change resulting from their proposed actions.  From the Council of Environmental Quality


Climate Change Indicators in the United States: 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Presents 37 indicators which describe trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.  The indicators are grouped into 6 chapters on greenhouse gases; weather and climate; oceans, snow, and ice; health and society, and ecosystems.  Primary focus is on the U.S. but some global trends are also presented.    From the Environmental Protection Agency


June Marks 14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat for the Globe

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Press release on the record high global temperatures in June, the highest in 137 years of record keeping.  The year to date temperatures also broke the previous record set in 2015.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


CBO’s Approach to Estimating Expected Hurricane Damage

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

Describes how the Congressional Budget Office estimates the effects of climate change and coastal development–including frequency of storms, sea levels, population, and per capita income–in trying to calculate the costs of future hurricane damage.  A working paper of the Congressional Budget Office


Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

Damage from hurricanes is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades because of climate change and coastal development.  This report provides estimates of the increased damage and federal aid needed.  It also examines 3 approaches to reducing the damage: limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shifting costs to state/local governments to reduce coastal development, and investing in structural changes to reduce vulnerability.  From the Congressional Budget Office.


Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan

Categories: Homeland Security,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Updated plan for preparing for and responding to emergency situations in the communities of the Hampton Roads area.  Combines six separate plans from the Peninsula and Southside communities into a single plan.  From the Hampton Roads Plan District Commission


Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads

Categories: Climate Change,Maps/Geography,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Includes a methodology for incorporating sea level rise and storm surge impacts to roadways into transportation planning.  Also contains adaptation strategies, design considerations, best practices, and lessons learned from other coastal regions.  Dated January 2016 but released to the public in May 2016.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


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