The Name Game: Gender Bias and Perceived Hurricane Threat
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The Name Game: Gender Bias and Perceived Hurricane Threat

In early June, researchers from University of Illinois announced that their survey of public response to hurricanes showed a clear gender bias. People perceived male-named storms to be more threatening. What’s more, they said that, inexplicably, female-named storms had in fact been more deadly. Their claims gained traction quickly in the media, but closer inspection suggested the bandwagon may have led the parade … Continue reading

Touchdown in the Transition Zone: tornados prefer change
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Touchdown in the Transition Zone: tornados prefer change

Tornados may be formed in the atmosphere, but if a recent study pans out, it’s the landscape that influences where they touchdown, specifically transitions between one type of landscape and another. According to researchers from Purdue University, severe tornado touchdowns appear to be more prevalent in areas where dramatically different landscapes meet— for example where … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise Will Lead to More Storm Damage With or Without Stronger Hurricanes
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Sea Level Rise Will Lead to More Storm Damage With or Without Stronger Hurricanes

The rising voices of concern over increasing intensity of tropical cyclones may be drowning out an even more insidious threat from climate change—sea-level rise. Extreme events serve up obvious evidence for the impacts of a warming ocean. Storms such as typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Phillipines in November with record winds and storm surges exceeding … Continue reading

Lightning Prefers Men Who Procrastinate
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Lightning Prefers Men Who Procrastinate

In a demographic survey of the 238 lightning-related deaths since 2006, the National Weather Service found that 82 percent of lightning victims in the U.S. were men. Apparently most lightning-related deaths occurred while people were just out having fun with fishing topping the list followed by camping, boating, soccer, and a long list of other activities that … Continue reading