August 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

With summer well underway, beachgoers may welcome the warming Atlantic Ocean temperatures. But warm water and other factors have led researchers to update their 2017 hurricane forecasts since our June preview. One of those factors is the unusual tropical activity so far this season. The National Hurricane Center says a named storm forms in the […]

July 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

Summer has come to the northern hemisphere, and last ten years have seen July losses from wildfire, hurricane and other storm events. From 2007-2016, PCS designated 33 catastrophic events in this month– resulting in total insured losses of roughly $9.7 billion. Last year we saw the most active July, by frequency, of the past decade. […]

April 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

April is an active month for violent tornadoes, though overall tornadic activity typically peaks in May and June. We saw more violent tornadoes—EF4 and EF5—in April than any other month from 1950 through 2013. The past decade saw an average of 267 U.S. tornadoes in April. The April 2011 tornado outbreak is ranked as the […]

U.K. water main break highlights need for basement information

The Angel Islington is a well-known property in U.K. Monopoly, and if you know the area, it’s a short walk up the Pentonville Road from Kings Cross. Situated on a hill, it’s not an area where you might expect flooding to be a problem, but it was in the news in December 2016 after a […]

March 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

Property Claim Services® (PCS®) has designated 32 weather-related catastrophe events for the month of March between 2007 and 2016. Those events caused approximately $14.3 billion in insured losses and resulted in 2.2 million claims. The largest designated March event in the past ten years was CAT 67, a 2012 winter storm. The catastrophe involved six […]

February 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

It’s midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere, and we’re looking ahead to February with a review of historical catastrophe activity. In the ten years from 2007 through 2016, PCS® designated 28 catastrophes during the month of February. These included 26 weather-related events and two workers’ compensation events, which together caused approximately $9.8 billion in insured damages […]