After weeks of tracking, prediction, and preparation, we watched Hurricane Isaias run its course and dissipate over northeast Canada. Now that the skies have cleared and the winds have passed, we know all that we can about Hurricane Isaias. We know that as a disorganized low pressure system moving east across the Atlantic, Isaias quickly […]
I’ve been thinking a lot about natural hazards while working on the GeoHazard: Modeling Natural Hazards and Assessing Risks project, which is developing curriculum materials for middle and high school students. While helping the team think about how to communicate about the materials being developed, I’ve also been thinking more about the hazards and risks I’m facing through the COVID pandemic and the impact it has already had on my life.
Chris Lore is a Research Assistant on the GeoHazard project at the Concord Consortium. Julia LaCava is a summer intern at the Concord Consortium. A junior at Ithaca College, she majors in communications. Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, the highest of the five storm ratings, defined by sustained wind speeds […]
Houston’s downtown flooded after Hurricane Harvey. Florida neighborhoods have struggled with murky standing water after Hurricane Irma. Catastrophe can overwhelm any system, but why doesn’t the ground just absorb the extra water? In some cases, the answer is a damaged watershed, a concept most people don’t understand, even though we all live in one. A […]
In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey evolved from a series of thunderstorms to one of the first major hurricane landfalls in the United States since early 2005. Right on the heels of Harvey, Hurricane Irma blasted through the Caribbean and onto the U.S. mainland, striking Florida in early September. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), […]