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Hurricane Harvey: Dutch-Texan research shows most fatalities occurred outside flood zones

Thu, 19 Apr 18 00:15:30 -0700

Scientists found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, hit Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, causing unprecedented flooding and killing dozens. Researchers at Delft University of Technology and Rice University published their results today in the European Geosciences Union journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.

NASA finds Tropical Cyclone Keni dropped heavy rain on Fiji, direct hit to Kadavu

Thu, 12 Apr 18 00:10:50 -0700

As expected, Tropical Cyclone Keni followed a track similar to Tropical Cyclone Josie and passed to the southwest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu on April 10, 2018 (UTC).

NASA finds wind shear slamming Tropical Cyclone Keni

Wed, 11 Apr 18 00:07:30 -0700

NASA satellite imagery showed that Tropical Cyclone Keni was being battered by vertical wind shear. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite revealed that wind shear was pushing the clouds and storms associated with Keni to the southeast of the center.

NASA's GPM sees Keni following Tropical Cyclone Josie's track

Tue, 10 Apr 18 00:09:50 -0700

Another tropical cyclone called Keni has formed in the South Pacific Ocean between Vanuatu and Fiji and the data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM found heavy rainfall occurring in the new storm.

Study examines how social support affects mental health after a natural disaster

Thu, 05 Apr 18 00:00:30 -0700

A new Journal of Traumatic Stress study found that social support may have helped alleviate depressive symptoms for displaced and nondisplaced residents who survived Hurricane Katrina.

UTHealth finds unprecedented psychological distress months after Harvey

Wed, 04 Apr 18 00:10:30 -0700

Four months after Hurricane Harvey soaked the Houston area and displaced more than a third of the population, an alarming 52 percent of Harris County residents said they were still struggling to recover, according to a new report from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

Hawaiian-language newspapers illuminate an 1871 hurricane

Tue, 03 Apr 18 00:01:00 -0700

A major hurricane struck the islands of Hawai'i and Maui on Aug. 9, 1871, and wrought widespread destruction from Hilo to Lahaina. A recent study by two scientists, a Hawaiian language expert, and an educator from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) revealed how historical Hawaiian-language newspapers expand knowledge of this and other natural disasters of the past.

Proper data analysis might be among Hurricane Maria's casualties

Mon, 02 Apr 18 00:11:50 -0700

The ability to use statistics to guide decision-making may be collateral damage of Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to Puerto Rico, according to a Penn State demographer.

NASA satellite gets an eye-opening look at Super Typhoon Jelawat

Fri, 30 Mar 18 00:14:50 -0700

Satellite imagery showed that Tropical Cyclone Jelawat had developed an eye as it strengthened into a Super Typhoon.

NASA finds Tropical Storm Jelawat strengthening

Wed, 28 Mar 18 00:10:10 -0700

Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed that Tropical Storm Jelawat was getting stronger as it moved through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nora become a hurricane

Fri, 23 Mar 18 00:03:10 -0700

NASA satellite imagery showed that Tropical Cyclone Nora developed an eye as it strengthened into a hurricane north of Australia. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of the storm, formerly named Tropical Cyclone 16P.

NASA eyes powerful Tropical Cyclone Marcus

Thu, 22 Mar 18 00:12:20 -0700

While a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Marcus in the Southern Indian Ocean.

NASA finds major Tropical Cyclone Marcus getting stronger

Wed, 21 Mar 18 00:02:00 -0700

Now a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, Tropical Cyclone Marcus continues to strengthen as it moves south and keeps off-shore from Western Australia. NASA's Terra satellite looked at Marcus in infrared light and saw a well-organized hurricane with a wide eye.

NASA infrared imagery shows a powerful Tropical Cyclone Marcus

Tue, 20 Mar 18 00:00:20 -0700

Tropical Cyclone Marcus continues to strengthen as it moves further away from Western Australia. NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the system in infrared light to find the strongest part of the hurricane.

VIIRS satellite instrument gets 2 views of Tropical Cyclone Marcus

Mon, 19 Mar 18 00:07:40 -0700

Tropical Cyclone Marcus was moving along the northern coast of Australia when the VIIRS instrument that flies aboard two different satellites captured true-color images of the storm over two days.

Tree care workers need better training to handle dangers on the job, Rutgers study finds

Fri, 16 Mar 18 00:06:10 -0700

A Rutgers study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Hola drenching Vanuatu, New Caledonia

Fri, 09 Mar 18 00:14:30 -0800

Tropical Cyclone Hola was dropping heavy rainfall on Vanuatu and New Caledonia when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed overhead.

NASA finds heavy rain in new Tropical Cyclone Hola near Vanuatu

Wed, 07 Mar 18 00:14:10 -0800

NASA obtained rainfall data on newly formed Tropical Cyclone Hola as it triggered warnings in Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. On March 6, 2018 at 3:25 a.m. EST (0825 UTC) the GPM or Global Precipitation Measurement mission core observatory satellite flew above a forming tropical cyclone in the southern Pacific Ocean just east of Vanuatu.

NASA sees powerful storms around Dumazile's eye

Mon, 05 Mar 18 00:09:30 -0800

When NASA's Aqua satellite and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellites passed over Tropical Cyclone Dumazile in the Southern Indian Ocean it measured cloud top temperatures and saw its eye circled by a ring of strong thunderstorms.

Breast cancer care in US territories lags behind care in states

Mon, 05 Mar 18 00:14:30 -0800

Older women residing in the US territories are less likely to receive recommended or timely care for breast cancer compared with similar women residing in the continental United States, according to Yale researchers. Their findings were published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

NASA sees Tropical Storm 10S form along Western Australia Coast

Fri, 16 Feb 18 00:03:00 -0800

After days of lingering off the west Kimberley coast of Western Australia as a slowly organizing low pressure area, Tropical Storm 10S has formed about 50 miles west of Broome, Australia.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria temporarily altered choruses of land and sea animals

Thu, 15 Feb 18 00:01:20 -0800

Audio recordings of Hurricanes Irma and Maria's passage over Puerto Rico document how the calls of coastal critters changed in response to the deadly storms. The hurricanes caused a major disruption in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp, a reduction in insect and bird sounds, and potentially an intensification of fish choruses, according to new research presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting Friday.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite tracking Tropical Cyclone Gita

Thu, 15 Feb 18 00:01:10 -0800

Tropical Cyclone Gita remained a powerful hurricane in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image of the storm.

Geophysicists and atmospheric scientists partner to track typhoons' seismic footprints

Thu, 15 Feb 18 00:06:10 -0800

A remarkable collaboration between atmospheric science and geophysics could change the way we think about storms and seismicity, and could lead to an answer to the often-asked 'Are hurricanes getting stronger?' Princeton University's Lucia Gualtieri and Salvatore Pascale led an international team that has identified the seismic footprint of typhoons and hurricanes, which allows climate scientists to add decades to their dataset of powerful storms.

'Excess emissions' make significant contribution to air pollution

Wed, 14 Feb 18 00:12:50 -0800

A study by Indiana University researchers shows that excess emissions -- which occur with plant shut-downs, start-ups and malfunctions, and not just in connection with natural disasters -- can make serious contributions to overall air pollution.

NASA totals rainfall from destructive Tropical Cyclone Gita

Wed, 14 Feb 18 00:07:20 -0800

Tropical Cyclone Gita dropped a lot of rain as it strengthened into a major hurricane in the South Pacific Ocean. NASA's IMERG calculated totals based on satellite observations that revealed over a foot (305 mm) of rain had fallen in various areas.

NASA finds strongest storms in weakening Tropical Cyclone Sanba

Wed, 14 Feb 18 00:10:10 -0800

Infrared data from NASA's Terra satellite found the area of strongest storms in weakening Tropical Cyclone Sanba when it was over the island of Palawan.

NASA eyes powerful Tropical Cyclone Gita in the South Pacific

Tue, 13 Feb 18 00:06:00 -0800

NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Gita as it continues to bring heavy rainfall, powerful winds and storm surge to Fiji Islands after pounding the island of Tonga.

Tropical Cyclone Gita packs heavy rain, warnings now for Tonga and Fiji

Mon, 12 Feb 18 00:03:30 -0800

Hurricane Gita strengthened into a powerful Category 4 hurricane on Feb. 12 and triggered warnings in Tonga and Fiji. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite analyzed Tropical Cyclone Gita and found heavy rainfall occurring within the system. On Feb. 12, Gita was bringing that heavy rain to Tonga and Fiji where warnings were posted. NASA's Terra satellite also provided a visible image of the storm, which had developed an eye.

NASA finds heaviest rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Gita's northern quadrant

Fri, 09 Feb 18 00:06:20 -0800

NASA's GPM core satellite examined rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Gita soon after the storm came together. Tropical Cyclone Gita formed near American Samoa in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean and triggered warnings and watches on Feb. 9. A Tropical Cyclone Warning is in force for Niue.

Texas flood: Researchers compare pollution levels before and after Hurricane Harvey

Thu, 08 Feb 18 00:01:30 -0800

Recent years have seen rising interest in improving post-disaster research, with calls for more and better studies coming from the academic community and agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. Although understanding the wide-ranging effects of disasters is vital for an effective public health response, a lack of baseline data has made it difficult to attribute post-disaster changes in environmental conditions to the impacts of disasters.

Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that

Wed, 07 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0800

Life-cycle engineering pioneer Prof. Dan Frangopol and former PhD student Alysson Mondoro's research incorporates -- for the first time -- the three most common failure modes for bridges vulnerable to floods, hurricanes and tsunamis into a risk assessment framework to optimize retrofitting strategies.

Algorithm identifies vulnerable people during natural disasters

Fri, 02 Feb 18 00:00:40 -0800

A new algorithm developed at the University of Waterloo will help first responders and home care providers better help the elderly during natural disasters.

NASA tracks major Tropical Cyclone Cebile in Southern Indian Ocean

Fri, 02 Feb 18 00:02:20 -0800

Tropical Cyclone Cebile held onto its status as a major hurricane in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite tracking Tropical Cyclone Cebile

Thu, 01 Feb 18 00:02:40 -0800

Tropical Cyclone Cebile was still a powerful hurricane in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image of the storm.

NASA's GPM probes Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Cebile

Wed, 31 Jan 18 00:04:20 -0800

NASA's GPM Probes Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Cebile NASA analyzed a major tropical cyclone spinning in the Southwestern Indian Ocean and measured its rainfall.

New UTSA study examines the causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods

Mon, 29 Jan 18 00:09:00 -0800

A new study by Chad Furl, postdoctoral research associate, and Hatim Sharif, professor of civil and environmental engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio, delves into the 2015 Wimberley, Texas floods that destroyed 350 homes and claimed 13 lives. Furl and Sharif researched the factors that led to the catastrophic flooding and shed light on new ways people in flood-prone areas can protect against future tragedies.

US energy colonialism a key cause of Puerto Rico's Hurricane María crisis

Mon, 29 Jan 18 00:10:00 -0800

A new study investigating US and territorial government energy policies and industrial contracts in Puerto Rico argues that energy colonialism has played a central role in the country's current humanitarian crisis.

NASA IMERG reveals rainfall rates of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta

Wed, 17 Jan 18 00:06:00 -0800

Heavy rain surrounded Tropical Cyclone Berguitta as it continued to move toward the island of Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA calculated the rate in which rain was falling within the hurricane-strength storm in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Urban insects are more resilient in extreme weather

Thu, 11 Jan 18 00:05:50 -0800

A study led by Amy Savage, a Rutgers University-Camden assistant professor of biology, will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events.

Powerful tropical cyclone irving examined with GPM

Mon, 08 Jan 18 00:10:20 -0800

On Jan. 8, Tropical Cyclone Irving was hurricane-force in the Southern Indian Ocean. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite passed overhead and measured cloud heights and rainfall rates in the powerful storm.

NASA catches Tropical Cyclone Ava's landfall on Madagascar's coast

Fri, 05 Jan 18 00:14:50 -0800

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Ava as it made landfall along the coast of northeastern Madagascar.

NASA looks at rainfall intensity in Tropical Depression Bolaven

Thu, 04 Jan 18 00:06:00 -0800

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite gathered data on rainfall rates occurring in Tropical Depression Bolaven as it moved toward Vietnam. Bolaven's final warning was issued early today, Jan. 4.

Call for action to tackle threat to a global biodiversity hotspot

Tue, 02 Jan 18 00:03:30 -0800

An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity 'hotspot' in the natural forests of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The tree species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as 'mock orange', is threatening many rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Scientists are urging the relevant institutions to prioritise a programme of control of this species.

Some monkeys prone to isolation

Tue, 19 Dec 17 00:08:10 -0800

Some individual animals are prone to social isolation, new research suggests.

Climate change made Harvey rainfall 15 percent more intense

Thu, 14 Dec 17 00:11:40 -0800

Scientists from World Weather Attribution and Rice University have found that human-caused climate change made the record rainfall that fell over Houston during Hurricane Harvey roughly three times more likely and 15 percent more intense.

AGU Fall Meeting: Human-caused warming likely intensified Hurricane Harvey's rains

Wed, 13 Dec 17 00:08:50 -0800

New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall. The new findings are being published in two separate studies and being presented in a press conference today at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, along with additional new findings about recent Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.

NRL researchers advance fleet weather predictions through innovation, collaboration

Tue, 12 Dec 17 00:06:20 -0800

Accurately predicting weather for the US Navy is an essential part of keeping the fleet safe and effective as they execute maritime missions around the world.

Scientists use ears in the ground to monitor the eyes of hurricanes

Mon, 11 Dec 17 00:11:50 -0800

The strong atmospheric pressure of hurricanes also generates detectable seismic waves. Using seismic waves to track hurricanes might provide a new tool for monitoring hurricanes from a distance.

Beyond wind speed: A new measure for predicting hurricane impacts

Tue, 05 Dec 17 00:06:30 -0800

What if there was a better way to forecast and communicate hurricanes' damaging economic impacts, before they happen? Colorado State University civil engineers have developed an innovative new approach to assessing the resiliency of coastal communities to hurricanes. They've created a 'multi-hazard hurricane impact level model,' which estimates economic damages to be caused by storms, before they happen.