Time to wake up? BMS Tropical Update -TS Joaquin – 09/29/2015 3:00 PM CDT

By: - September 29th, 2015

As you might have noticed TS Joaquin has been named by the NHC and is currently 425 miles East Northeast of the Bahamas. I have been saying since the start of the season the main threat this year is along the East Coast of the U.S which follows the pattern […]

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BMS Tropical Update 8/28/2015 12PM CDT

By: - August 28th, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika continues to defy forecasts made earlier in the week. At this point in time Erika was supposed to be much further north of the island of Hispaniola and in a much better overall environment for intensification. However, Erika is currently 90 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, DominicaRepublic, […]

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BMS Tropical Update 8/26/2015 12PM CDT

By: - August 26th, 2015

Since my last update on Monday at noon, Erika has formed into a tropical storm and is tracking toward the Bahamas. Erika is currently 285 miles east of the island of Antigua in the western Caribbean. Tropical storm watches and warnings are out for many of the northern Caribbean islands. […]

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BMS Tropical Update 8/24/2015 12PM CDT

By: - August 26th, 2015

This is a quick tropical-storm update for the group as activity in the Atlantic Ocean heats up this week. You might have noticed named storm Danny is no longer a threat and has been discontinued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Instead, it is now an open tropical wave as […]

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Active Severe Weather Season? Yawner Hurricane Season? – Think Again

By: - July 10th, 2015

After the long winter much of Eastern North America experienced, it is sad to say we are rapidly approaching mid-summer. This also means we are past the climatological peak of the U.S. severe weather season, and fast approaching the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season which occurs around September 10th. […]

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Severe Weather Halfway Point

By: - May 29th, 2015

As we approach the climatological peak, I want to provide an update on the North American severe weather season and paint a picture of what the rest of the season might yield. Besides the latest round of severe flooding in the South Central U.S., there has not been a noteworthy […]

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50th Anniversary – Insurance Retrospective of May 6, 1965 MSP Tornadoes

By: - May 6th, 2015

50 years ago today, the upper Midwest was devastated by an outbreak of severe weather. A similar storm today would result in what might be one of the largest-ever severe thunderstorm losses to the insurance industry. For four consecutive days in May 1965, severe weather, including 37 significant tornadoes, of […]

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Moore, OK Tornado Frequency

By: - March 26th, 2015

Over the last two days, severe weather has returned to the Central Plains in the U.S. This recent outbreak was by no means historic but it has become the most active severe weather outbreak thus far in 2015, with eight tornadoes, 31 wind reports and 162 hail reports, 13 of […]

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Northeast snowfalls and insured losses

By: - February 9th, 2015

Over a decade ago, there were several claims that “snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”  Even as recently as February of last year, The New York Times published an article titled “The End of Snow.” These commentaries predicted that snow would soon be a distant memory, and […]

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Insurance Industry Takeaways from 2014 Tropical Season

By: - November 25th, 2014

Now that Arctic air has made its way across a good deal of the lower 48 states and snow had already covered 50% of the nation, the Atlantic hurricane season, and the threat of landfall along the U.S. coastline, is effectively over. The season was forecast to be below the […]

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