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Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

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

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/techrpt86_PaP_of_HTFlooding.pdf

Provides estimates for height and frequency of high tide flooding up to the beginning of the 22nd Century.  Cites Norfolk as one of the most vulnerable areas and predicts daily high tide flooding under an intermediate scenario by 2100.  From the National Ocean Service.

 

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017

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

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201712

Finds that 2017 was the third warmest year on record and the warmest without an El Nino present.  Provides analysis of global land and ocean surface temperatures, snow cover, and Arctic/Antarctic sea ice extent.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

2017 Was Third Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

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

http://www.noaa.gov/news/2017-was-3rd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us

Press release reviewing weather experience of 2017.  Third warmest for temperatures and, with 16 weather and climate disasters totaling $306 billion, the costliest in U.S. history.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Report on the Collision between USS Fitzgerald and Motor Vessel ACX Crystal and Report on the Collision between USS John S. McCain and Motor Vessel ALNIC MC

Categories: Defense/Military,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://s3.amazonaws.com/CHINFO/USS+Fitzgerald+and+USS+John+S+McCain+Collision+Reports.pdf

Memorandum from the Chief of Naval Operations, which includes reports on collisions involving two U.S. Navy ships in separate incidents in June and August 2017 which resulted in the deaths of 17 American sailors.  The Navy’s report on the events and actions that led to the collisions concludes that the accidents were preventable and caused by multiple failures by those on watch duty.  From the Defense Department

 

Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

 

The National Flood Insurance Program: Financial Soundness and Affordability

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53028-nfipreport2.pdf

Examines the financial soundness of the Flood Insurance Program and its affordability for policyholders.  The program, launched in 1968, collected premiums in August 2016 that fell short of the program’s expected costs by $1.4 billion, mostly from policies in coastal counties.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Hurricane Harvey Situation Reports

Categories: Energy,Weather/Disasters

https://energy.gov/oe/downloads/hurricane-harvey-situation-reports-august-2017

A series of reports on energy sector impacts of the hurricane which hit the southeastern Texas region.  From the Department of Energy

 

State of the Climate in 2016

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

http://www.ametsoc.net/sotc2016/StateoftheClimate2016_lowres.pdf

Annual summary of global weather conditions.  Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration set new highs during 2016.  From the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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