Extreme Weather in the US: Is It Climate Change or a Historical Pattern?

Devastating wildfires that have destroyed at least 347 homes in Colorado and cost more than $11 million to control. A bizarre derecho storm that killed 22 people and left 4.3 million people without electricity across 10 states. Record heat across the United States. It’s highly unusual – or is it? This summer’s extreme weather has many observers pointing to climate change and global warming as the cause; others argue it’s all part of long-term weather patterns. Either way, insurance companies that must anticipate and respond to natural catastrophes are in the center of the storm. Here’s how some of the experts are interpreting this season’s dramatic weather-related events and their implications for the insurance industry.
July 06, 2012


4. No Warning

It was like a hurricane — but we didn't get the warning that you do with a hurricane.

— David K. Owens, EVP, Edison Electrical Institute (EEI, Washington, D.C.), about the June 29 derecho storms.

Source: New York Times

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