The "Greenhouse Low": A benchmark European Windstorm?

This may seem like a confession only ever heard at a gathering of Meteorologists Anonymous, but I have a favourite windstorm. It's possible you've never heard of "The Greenhouse Low", but in terms of its severity, it's one from which we can learn things, especially with regards the type of event we might see when The Big One finally happens in Europe. Over the course of two days in early February 1991, an area of low pressure in the central Atlantic accelerated, deepening extremely rapidly with the result that it generated winds in southern Iceland equivalent to those of a moderate category 4 hurricane. It was dubbed the "Greenhouse Low" because of widespread damage to greenhouses in Iceland

Five thoughts on Hurricane Matthew

Given the number of years since a major hurricane landfall, naturally Hurricane Matthew drew a lot of attention. I'll leave the meteorological autopsy of the event to the many excellent summaries from catastrophe modelling companies, brokers and re/insurers that have appeared and offer up five observations that struck me during and after the event. Loss data for cat model improvements: "same old same old"? The swathe of winds across coastal eastern Florida and into Georgia and the Carolinas was largely in the range 70-90 mph. As with any cat event, this brings the potential of more loss data hopefully to help tighten up the huge uncertainty that exists around vulnerability curves. However t