Recent events reveal that our health care infrastructure is vulnerable to severe weather. These events highlight that when a hospital building fails, so too does the continuum of health care delivery. Patients, staff, and families suffer. This is the primary reason why a closer look is needed at risks and mitigation opportunities for hospitals.
From the days of ancient mariners to the modern era of remote sensing , it has been known that it doesn’t take a hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm to create damaging and even deadly winds. The wind-related death of young Declan Sullivan at Notre Dame University is a reminder that non-convective winds can be as dangerous as major storms. What brings hurricane-force winds “out of a clear blue sky?” What can we to to mitigate the harm they can do?
Knowing how much rainfall fell at a particular location during a certain amount of time is useful, but expressing the rarity of rainfall in terms of a “return period” provides an objective and useful perspective of the rainfall. Average recurrence interval (ARI) maps of rainfall provide information that is analogous to the 100-year flood, but for rainfall instead.
Severe flooding, killer tornadoes, cyclones, and record heat waves impact communities around globe. Earthzine is soliciting articles for its 2nd quarter theme issue March 21-June 21, 2011 on Extreme Weather in the 21st Century, a theme that will look at aspects of weather extremes from multiple perspectives. Guest Editor for Weather is Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd.