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Old 10-31-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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There was an article out awhile ago that talked about which major cities are essentially "natural disaster-free" (though granted, anything can happen) and I believe they named either Pittsburgh or Milwaukee as #1 safest city to be in.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Greater Boston
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Phoenix? Are you sure? http://www.atbreak.com/wp-content/up...y-5th-2011.jpg

I don't think there's really anywhere in the US that isn't prone to something. The Northeast and Upper Midwest are maybe less prone to disaster than other parts of the country, but obviously that isn't always true.
have you heard of a nor'easter?
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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have you heard of a nor'easter?
Nor'easters aren't much to be afraid of, I'd say. Not like living in a tornado-prone area at all, which seems pretty scary.

You really have to consider the overall risk and the nature of the weather events. Almost anything can happen, but what's the worst that can happen? Not long ago, I would have boasted that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are pretty disasater-free, but two hurricanes later, even though I personally have not so much as lost my power in either of them, my perception of the risk from natural disasters of living here has changed. But at least with hurricanes, you have warning that they're coming. Not so much with tornadoes and earthquakes.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Greater Boston
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Nor'easters aren't much to be afraid of, I'd say. Not like living in a tornado-prone area at all, which seems pretty scary.

You really have to consider the overall risk and the nature of the weather events. Almost anything can happen, but what's the worst that can happen? Not long ago, I would have boasted that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are pretty disasater-free, but two hurricanes later, even though I personally have not so much as lost my power in either of them, my perception of the risk from natural disasters of living here has changed. But at least with hurricanes, you have warning that they're coming. Not so much with tornadoes and earthquakes.
people can freeze to death and be unable to drive and lose power for weeks and get killed by flying ice.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Nor'easters aren't much to be afraid of, I'd say. Not like living in a tornado-prone area at all, which seems pretty scary.

You really have to consider the overall risk and the nature of the weather events. Almost anything can happen, but what's the worst that can happen? Not long ago, I would have boasted that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are pretty disasater-free, but two hurricanes later, even though I personally have not so much as lost my power in either of them, my perception of the risk from natural disasters of living here has changed. But at least with hurricanes, you have warning that they're coming. Not so much with tornadoes and earthquakes.
tornadoes usually only affect a small area, and they're usually only on the ground for a few minutes. I think a Nor'easter does more damage, even though they're not as common
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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The Weather Chanel did a study on this very question and came up with a list that was pretty popular a couple months ago. To make things "fair" they broke it down by region and named the "Safest weather city" for every region; mentioning that the South was the hardest to do this for because it has the most "dangerous" weather. Also something that has not been mentioned on this thread is HEAT. Heat is by far the most common cause of weather-related deaths in the US; The Weather Chanel took this into account when making there list. Here is a link to the video/article.

America's Safest Weather Cities - weather.com
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: The City
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The Weather Chanel did a study on this very question and came up with a list that was pretty popular a couple months ago. To make things "fair" they broke it down by region and named the "Safest weather city" for every region; mentioning that the South was the hardest to do this for because it has the most "dangerous" weather. Also something that has not been mentioned on this thread is HEAT. Heat is by far the most common cause of weather-related deaths in the US; The Weather Chanel took this into account when making there list. Here is a link to the video/article.

America's Safest Weather Cities - weather.com

Its interesting that heat causes more death than cold
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Its interesting that heat causes more death than cold
See, and I thought that was common knowledge...

People can do a LOT for weather that starts to get uncomfortably cold, but when it's too hot there's only so much you can do and it doesn't take much of a rise in body temperature to cause death (same with a drop in temp, but again, since you can do so much more to prepare for cold than heat it doesn't seem to be as deadly). The key is being able to stabilize your body's temp, which is just so much easier with temps colder than your body temp.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: The City
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See, and I thought that was common knowledge...

People can do a LOT for weather that starts to get uncomfortably cold, but when it's too hot there's only so much you can do and it doesn't take much of a rise in body temperature to cause death (same with a drop in temp, but again, since you can do so much more to prepare for cold than heat it doesn't seem to be as deadly). The key is being able to stabilize your body's temp, which is just so much easier with temps colder than your body temp.
Yeah even looking at the NE, many places that some folks on this forum call cold have more heat related deaths than cold related. Philly as an example to me has more heat extremes than it does cold extremes. Neither are pleasant
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I always thought that Philly was a frosty place in the winter but it's seemingly more mild and "Southern-like" than "frosty". Same with NYC. Neither city is nearly as cold as Hollywood makes it out to be on TV.....at least on average. Both cities CAN get quite uncomfortably hot, too!
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