The hurricane season passed off relatively quietly last year. Category 2 hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda in October 2014, briefly making the world’s headlines, but it did relatively little damage, apart from uprooting trees and knocking out power temporarily to most of the island’s inhabitants. Continue reading… “Where are all the Hurricanes?”
Airbnb is living up to its potential as a community-powered hotel. Today they changed their policies to allow do-gooders to offer up their spare spaces free of charge to displaced victims of superstorm Sandy.
Alabama tornado 2o11
Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States. Scientists warn that climate change will bring even more extreme weather than we seen in the last century.
New Orleans sits smack dab between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, and when a hurricane comes rolling in, those bodies of water tend to spill into the streets. This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started construction on a barrier that can block a 16-foot swell blown in from the Gulf and a massive pumping station that will blast floodwaters back to sea. (Pics)
Tsunami waves could be up to almost 3 metres (10 feet) high.
Up to 30,000 residents and tourists could be under threat from a newly discovered tsunami risk in the Caribbean, according to experts in disaster risk management.
Protection comes in many forms
Invisibility cloaks that are able to steer light around two dimensional objects have become reality in the last few years. But the first real-world application of the theories that made them possible could be in hiding vulnerable coastlines and offshore platforms from destructive hurricanes and tsunamis.
Hurricane simulator – University of Florida
Essentially, this is a portable wind tunnel with water. They move it in front of a house and test whether the house is strong enough to withstand the force of a hurricane. More videos after the jump.
This shower makes my shower jealous
It is the enormous scale of the Ecco Charade rain shower head from Fornara Maulini that makes it so totally captivating. This rain shower is so generously sized, it is truly akin to having your own personal cloud for a super drenching downpour at the touch of a button! (Pics)