March 16, 2017: Modeling City Weather, Blizzard Frequency Rises and Heritage Profits Down, Pricing Up

Chris Westfall
Chris Westfall

Scientists Consider How City Skylines Influence Weather
A new model predicts how the shape and arrangement of buildings, as well as the heat they generate, can alter weather patterns.

Heritage, South Florida’s No. 3 insurer, Reports 63 Percent Profit Drop
Sun Sentinel
The company said it has secured approval from state regulators for a statewide average rate increase of 9.9 percent for all of its multi-peril homeowner policies.

Europe Faces Annual Extreme Coastal Floods in Future
Climate Central
The kind of extreme coastal flooding events that today hit parts of Europe roughly once every hundred years could happen annually by the end of the century.

Generali Plays Down Takeover Talk As Cost Cuts Speed Up
Italy’s biggest insurer played down the prospects of a takeover as it reported its highest ever full-year operating profit.

An Updated Blizzard Climatology of the Contiguous United States (1959–2014): An Examination of Spatiotemporal Trends
Journal of the American Meteorlogical Society 
The number of blizzards in the U.S. have increased by almost a factor of four since the mid-20th century.