Welcome Message from Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
Welcome to the Bahamas Weather Conference at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.
The Facts According to Max Mayfield
Former director of the National Hurricane Center, Max Mayfield, shares thoughts on key topics from the 2009 Bahamas Weather Conference.
The State of Tourism in the Nation of The Bahamas
The economic crisis in the U.S. has been felt far beyond its borders. How is The Bahamas faring and what is the country doing to court visitors? Are there any bright spots not visible in gloomy trend reporting? Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace discusses.
The 13th Annual Bahamas Weather Conference Begins
Highlights of the Opening Ceremonies.
One for the Books
If the 2008 hurricane season seemed quiet, you must not live along the Gulf Coast. With 16 named storms, six consecutive strikes on the U.S. and Ike, it was actually one for the record books. Review the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season with Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center.
What’s In Your Disaster Supply Kit?
Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center, shares hurricane preparation tips and the components of a disaster supply kit.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season: A Look Back and a Look Ahead
Coming off the accuracy of last year’s Atlantic Hurricane Forecast, Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University makes his 2009 predictions.
Does History Repeat Itself?
Dr. Bill Gray of Colorado State University explains the role of history in predicting the future.
What Saffir-Simpson Can and Cannot Tell You
Have Americans become so category-focused that we forget to watch for deadly storm surge? Should the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale be updated or replaced? Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center, and former director Max Mayfield share their insights.
Bahamas Tourism in Today’s Marketplace
It’s nearly summer vacation time, but will consumers be traveling this year? Vernice Walkine, director general, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism talks about the business of travel and why now may just be the time to start planning a getaway.
Impact of 2008 Hurricane Season on The Bahamas
Hurricane season 2008 was a soggy one in the southern Bahamas, but the destination successfully rode out another stormy season. Arthur Rolle, director of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology recaps the activity.
Fear the Wind, Flee the Water
Communities in the path of hurricanes Gustav and Ike were on alert for wind, but in fact it was water that took out their homes. Dr. Wilson Shaffer from the National Weather Service’s Meteorological Development Laboratory discusses some storm surge misconceptions.
Panel Discussion on Forecast and Response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike
Emergency managers and forecasters work together in times of crisis, but do they have competing priorities? Education is the key in encouraging public response and cooperation.
Hurricane Ike Live at 5:00
Hear from the meteorologists who reported live from the scene of Ike’s destruction. Did they blend drama with responsible reporting? Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Steve Lyons of The Weather Channel.
Has the Financial Crisis Swamped the Insurance Industry?
More than 90 percent of Americans think the economic downturn has affected the insurance industry’s ability to pay claims. Is this fact or fiction? We’ll find out from Dr. Robert Hartwig, president and CEO of the Insurance Information Institute.
Saffir-Simpson Surge Scale: Throw It Out
Dr. Steve Lyons of The Weather Channel suggests that Saffir-Simpson, even with added surge scale, is not the best way of communicating storm impact.
What is the Ultimate Storm Surge Scale?
Feet. Dr. Chris Landsea of NOAA and the National Hurricane Center adds to the discussion of Saffir-Simpson and its limitations.
Changing Channels for Emergency Messages
America’s Emergency Network offers a direct conduit for the distribution of emergency messages even when the traditional networks are crippled by power failures.
House of Cards?: Progress of Hurricane Resistant Construction
When entire towns are nearly wiped from the map by a category 3 hurricane, there is clearly room for improvement in building codes. Nanette Lockwood, PE of Solutia, Inc. advises the public to demand more.
Hitting the Homework to Mitigate Loss
Loss prevention begins at home with an educated consumer. Get the latest from Julie Rochman, president and CEO of the Institute of Business and Home Safety.
An Entertaining Approach to Hurricane Awareness
Education is part of the foundation of a strong house. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes’ (FLASH) Leslie Chapman Henderson shares how edu-tainment can be used to change hurricane risk behavior.
Preventing Future Losses
Wise choices in site planning and construction are the keys to mitigating future loss of property from hurricanes. Dr. William H. Hooke, director of the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, explains how.
Better than Bells and Whistles?
New technology is helping the hearing and sight impaired react quickly to approaching storms and warnings. Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of Volunteer Florida, shares information now new ways to communicate with this public.
Two Week Warning? Madden-Julian Oscillation
Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University investigates the use of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) as a predictor for Atlantic basin hurricane activity on a one- to two-week timescale.
Hurricanes and Global Warming: What Can the Observations Tell Us?
The globe is warming, but is it causing an increase in tropical storms and hurricanes? Dr. Chris Landsea, National Hurricane Center, shares his observations.
Observed Tropical Cyclone Variability and Trends
The strongest storms are getting stronger. Is global warming to blame? Jim Kossin, of NOAA, will discuss observed changes and their effect, or not, on tropical cyclones.
Panel Discussion on Global Warming and Hurricanes
Has research yet resolved the relationship of global warming to hurricanes or is there much work still to be done? Stay tuned for a lively discussion by an expert panel of what all this means for those of us who wonder.