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BMS Tropical Update 9/6/2018 4 PM CDT

By: - September 6th, 2018

Gordon Recap There are limited reports of damage near the location of Gordon’s landfall. Current damage reports in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida indicate only minor coastal flooding, power outages affecting up to 29,000 people and damaged trees. The insured losses from Gordon should be relatively limited due to the […]

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BMS Tropical Update 9/4/2018 1 PM CDT

By: - September 4th, 2018

The Parade Begins On Friday, I mentioned that the peak of the hurricane season could live up to its climatological peak. Over the Labor Day weekend, Tropical Storm Gordon formed over the Florida Keys and is currently 130 miles SSE of Mobile, AL.  Potential tropical cyclone 6 that was off […]

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BMS Tropical Update: August 31

By: - August 31st, 2018

The Peak Is Here The threat posed by Hurricane Lane to much of Hawaii last week, in addition to the seemingly endless recent hurricane landfall anniversaries, are great reminders that there are insurable hurricane risks even though the Atlantic Basin has been quiet so far this year. However, there are […]

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Tropical Update: July 25

By: - July 25th, 2018

With the peak of the Atlantic basin hurricane season (September 10) just 46 days away, I thought I’d provide a bit more context around what to expect in terms of tropical activity as we head into this part of the season. In the last seasonal update I provided on May […]

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BMS Atlantic Hurricane Seasonal Forecast

By: - May 31st, 2018

The Official Start to Atlantic Hurricane Season? In theory, the Atlantic hurricane season started late last week with the naming of subtropical storm Alberto. However, interestingly, prior to 2002, subtropical storms were not given names, even though the National Hurricane Center would issue forecasts and warnings for them. Since 2002, […]

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BMS Tropical Update 5/24/2018

By: - May 24th, 2018

It’s that time of year We have reached the time of year when the insurance industry starts paying attention to potential tropical troubles. In fact, over the last two weeks many media outlets have been focusing on possible development in the Gulf of Mexico. There was a weak area of […]

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2017 losses, long-term weather trends and their insurance consequences

By: - May 2nd, 2018

Catastrophic weather events in 2017 left the re/insurance business with a conundrum. Record-breaking insured catastrophe losses exceeded any previous year. However, the impact of those unprecedented losses on re/insurance pricing has been less than many had hoped for or expected. Claims of nearly $140 billion have not delivered a traditional […]

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California Columbus Day Firestorm

By: - October 12th, 2017

Although October is usually known for Atlantic hurricane activity and sometimes a second peak of severe weather that can occur as summer wanes, this month is also the height of the California wildfire season, which typically runs from spring to late fall. Unfortunately, it should be no surprise that this […]

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BMS Tropical Update 10/07/2017 11 AM CDT

By: - October 7th, 2017

Last night at 11:30 PM EDT, the NHC upgraded Nate to hurricane status about 18 hours ahead of when it was originally predicted to become a Category 1 storm. This is now the first time since 2012 that more than nine hurricanes have developed in one season. This is also […]

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BMS Tropical Update 10/06/2017 12 PM CDT

By: - October 6th, 2017

Nate’s overall structure is finally beginning to improve, based on satellite imagery and observation from a hurricane hunter aircraft. Strong thunderstorms have developed over/near the center of the system, and organized outflow is developing in the upper levels. Banding structures are now beginning to organize around the system. This is […]

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