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Stormy Weather 2011 - Special Report

  • Business Forecast — Good Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:26 AM ET

    Private-sector meteorologists are selling customized weather data to a myriad of enterprises — from agriculture to construction to transportation .

Earth

  • Disaster Prevention Spawns a Cottage Industry Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:34 AM ET
    Deluxe Preparedness Kit

    A not-so-small cottage industry is now built around disaster preparation. While it never hurts to be prepared, say experts, how much of this industry is actually playing into people’s fears?

  • Cleaning Up On The Clean-Up of Natural Disasters Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Damaged vehicles in parking lot of St. John's Hospital after tornado hit in Joplin, Missouri.

    Companies like ServiceMaster,  ServPro, Disaster Kleenup International and the Signature Group are ready to mobilize workers by the hundreds to respond to catastrophe for days and weeks on end.

  • Insurance Industry Grapples With Climate Change Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city

    To what degree a catastrophic event might be caused by climate change is impossible to measure at this stage, so global warming isn’t being directly priced into insurance premiums.

Wind

Fire

  • FireIce, by GelTech Solutions

    With the ever-growing encroachment of people into formerly rural, wildfire-prone areas you have the recipe for disaster — and a potential opportunity for businesses with products designed to help homeowners cope with the fires.

  • A forest burns during a backburn operation to fight the Wallow Firen in Nutrioso, Arizona.

    Wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres—an even considered rare 30 years ago—are now the rule rather than the exception, according to a 2008 paper by the National Center for Policy analysis.

Interactive Features

  • Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    Insurers call windstorm coverage — including  hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail — the  "market of last resort,"  which comes with its own special rates applied to areas most prone to disaster.

  • What's Up With The Weather? Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 12:23 PM ET

    People love to talk about the weather, but do they really know much about it? Test your knowledge.

Slideshow

  • Seven States With Sky-High Insurance Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.

  • The 10 most expensive hurricanes in US history Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 12:17 PM ET
    The MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Flossie on July 28 at 23:10 UTC (7:10 p.m. EDT) as it continued moving toward Hawaii (left).

    What are the all-time costliest hurricanes to hit the U.S.? Here are the Top 10.

  • The World's Worst Oil Disasters Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:55 PM ET
    In the aftermath of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform, which is now estimated to be leaking 5,000 barrels of crude each day, many fear the worst environmental and economic impact. But how does this spill stack up to the biggest oil disasters in history? To get a sense, CNBC.com reviewed data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and The Mariner Group, oil spill response firm, to get a sense of which oil disasters have been the worst, by volume of oil spilled. To

    How does the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform stack up to the biggest oil disasters in history? Find out!

  • Scenes From The 2011 Tornadoes Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    2011 has been a tough year for US residents in areas affected by tornadoes. Most recently, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a massive tornado that is thought to be the deadliest in 60 years. Earlier in the year, dozens of massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the Southeastern U.S., killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris. Although the economic losses are not yet clear, the devastation caus

    2011 has been a difficult year for those in the South and Midwest United States. Following are a collection of images that show the destruction created from the tornadoes this year.

  • 11 Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:21 PM ET
    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. One of the sites most affected by the devastation was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which experienced a partial meltdown two days after the quake. The incident is being called the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, and it has shown few signs of slowing down. Click ahead to see 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. See 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

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