Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014 - (Page 14)

»FEATURE Forecast: Extreme Weather N OAA weather trends show that the changing planet is creating extreme weather conditions that will affect ports in the years to come. The United States has experienced a number of weather and climate extremes, particularly in the last year, as the statistics below explain. The costs associated with these storms can add up to billions of dollars, making the need for planning for extreme weather conditions more important than ever for the nation's seaports. ● 2013 WEATHER/CLIMATE EXTREMES HURRICANES The North Atlantic Basin had 13 named storms, two hurricanes and no major hurricanes. The number of named storms was above average, while the number of hurricanes was below average. TORNADOES On May 20, an EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Okla., destroying thousands of homes. Twenty-four fatalities made this the deadliest tornado of 2013. A 2.6 mile wide, EF-3 tornado hit near El Reno, Okla., on May 31, causing eight fatalities; this was the widest tornado on record. DRY California had its driest year on record with 32.8 percent of average precipitation. The Rim Fire burned more than 225,000 acres near Yosemite - the third largest fire on record in California. WATER LEVELS In early 2013, Lakes Michigan and Huron reached record low levels in the 1918-present period of record, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. All of the Great Lakes had water levels well below average. SNOW The spring snow cover extent for the contiguous U.S. was the eighth largest in the 47-year period of record. Many locations had more snow during the spring than the preceding winter. WARM Alaska had its 10th warmest year on record with a temperature 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit above average. SOURCE: NOAA'S NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER 14 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014

Aapa Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
In Case of Emergency
Extreme Weather
Plug-Ins Enabled
Partners in Fighting Crime
Her Path Leads to Ports
U.S. Needs New Transportation Law that Improves Quality of Life, Economy
Crisis at the Port: Planning Ahead Makes the Difference
Superstorms and Rising Sea Level Present a New Challenge for Ports
Aapa Port Employee Relief Fund a Helping Hand for Those in Need
Toronto Emergency Departments Hold Joint Ice and Cold Water Training Exercises
New Sonar Solution to Protect Aruba Ports Authority
Preparedness, Resiliency and Responsiveness in Mexico
Cat Islands Restoration Strengthens the Resiliency of Port of Green Bay, Local Environment
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014