• Jan-May 2021: 232 weather fatalities; y trending to be 5th deadliest: N

    From MrPostingRobot@kymhorsell.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Aug 23 17:13:54 2021
    XPost: alt.global-warming

    The NOAA has updated its "weather fatalities" database to the end of
    May 2021 (the update is stamped 18 Aug 2021). The fatality data is
    part of the Storm Events database that is in turn part of NOAA's
    Severe Weather Data Inventory (SWDI).

    Already the fatalities for the first 5 m of the year indicate the
    total for 2021 will exceed 2020 by around 30%.

    The top 10 most fatal years (with no adjustment for technology
    improvements that make 1 death the equivalent of dozens in e.g. 1950)
    looks like:

    Year Weather fatalities
    2011 1096
    1999 907
    2008 736
    2018 736
    1998 686
    2005 604
    <-- 2021 ~603?
    1997 596
    1996 545
    2017 543
    2003 537

    Over the 70+ years of the dataseries about 38.5% of weather fatalities
    occur in Jan-May. I.e. the rest of 2021 is expected to result in 232 * (100-38.5)/38.5 = 371 more deaths. I.e. the total weather deaths for
    2021 is expected at this point to be around 603, essentially a tie
    with 2005 for 5th place.

    Using nominal GDP as a proxy for technology improvement we can
    calculate a better comparison of years by assuming X deaths in a past
    year would be a fraction of that now because more money could have
    been spent on adaptation and response. Adding in also the adjustment
    for 2021 to take it to the expected full-year count we find the top 10 "adjustment" fatalities count looks like:

    Year adj weather fatality count
    2011 913 <-- superoutbreak year
    2018 736
    2021 603 #3
    2008 582
    2017 543
    2015 516
    1999 470
    2012 466
    2016 465
    2020 460 #10

    As in other years, the biggest single cause of weather fatalities in
    2020-21 has been middle-aged men alone in their vehicle getting
    getting trapped while crossing a flooded street or intersection.

    Hence NOAA's often-seen warning on Twitter to "turn around and don't drown".

    As part of other work I'm about to start breaking down weather
    fatalities to allow a certain state govt to prevent at least some of
    them with targeted advertising. As far as I can see at the moment I
    am free to share some of the results on this Interweb thing. The main
    thing I have in mind is a state-by-state breakdown of weather
    fatalities with an A/I assisted search to see which are the main
    demographic or other factors that lead to higher fatalities. And of
    course voting patterns will form one of the "demographic factors".

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    ABC News, 23 Aug 2021 01:36Z
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    8:00pm yesterday.

    'We have to move forward': Prime Minister fights back against state
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    ABC News, 23 Aug 2021 01:36Z
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    ABC News, 22 Aug 2021 23:39Z
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    ABC News, 23 Aug 2021 01:41Z
    New Zealand health authorities announce another 35 cases of community transmission in the country's COVID-19 outbreak.

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    New York Magazine, 23 Aug 2021 02:21Z
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    USA TODAY on MSN.com, 23 Aug 2021 01:58Z
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    to the northeastern US It made landfall in ...

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    NBC New York, 23 Aug 2021 02:12Z
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    ABC News, 22 Aug 2021 19:40Z
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    for the Nationals in support of farming, fisheries, forestry and meat processing.

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    offer visas to Afghans who guarded the AUS embassy in Kabul for the
    past 20y. An ABC investigation found about 100 guards who had applied
    for visas to escape Taliban retribution were sent a form letter saying
    they were not eligible for visas under Australia's program to assist
    nationals that were former employees and they should seek assistance from migration agents. After the story aired on TV last night the federal
    govt was quick to reverse the decision and will now give the guards asylum.
    The problem will now be how to get out of the country as the Taliban take
    over the reigns of power.

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