Natural Disasters

 

Before the advent of weather balloons, satellites and the like, people would measure weather by keeping tabs on astronomical movements and cloud formations. With today’s modern technology, we are fortunate that many of our tools provide excellent insight into the weather that defines climates, seasons, and microclimates throughout the world.

Today, by monitoring atmospheric conditions, wind systems, and precipitation via satellites and radar, meteorologists identify patterns that give us a relatively accurate idea of what to expect in the near future, and how we might prepare for impending weather variations.

However, no matter how well a weather-watcher hopes to predict upcoming storm patterns, most meteorologists are hard-pressed to accurately predict natural disasters. Whether its forest, desert, mountains, prairie, or the shore, our unique country has an unfortunate habit of stirring up natural disasters for its inhabitants.

The United States is more prone than any other country to tornadoes and is only beaten by Indonesia in terms of active volcanoes. Beyond these, our beautiful weather systems and curious geology make the U.S. a hotbed for a number of other perils like:

  • Wildfires
  • Earthquakes
  • Blizzards
  • Floods
  • Heat Waves
  • Hurricanes
  • Mudslides
  • Hailstorms

Beyond these, drought, severe weather, random cold freezes, and hailstorms all contribute to those regular and unfortunate boosts in anxiety and insurance rates. In fact, last year in 2017, the United States saw one of the worst years in history for natural disasters.

Though these furious acts of nature do not affect every person living throughout the nation, you would be hard-pressed to find someone in the United States who does not personally know someone that has been victim to one of these catastrophes, particularly considering the recent hurricanes, floods,wildfires, mudslides and tornadoes that have plagued Southern states.  

More and more often in today’s real estate market, buyers are taking into consideration the potential longevity of their stay in the new area. One of the primary deliberations is whether or not a prospective region is safe. In recent years, these safety considerations for state-to-state movers have surpassed the standard reflections on crime rates and motor vehicle factors to include the likelihood of natural disasters.

Fortunately, there are a handful of regions in the United States where inhabitants are generally safe from most natural disasters. These areas rarely see wild acts of nature, and when they do, the events are very almost never catastrophic.

Though some are less romantic than others — e.g. the middle of Ohio, Michigan, etc. — a few standout areas present an adventurous lifestyle while still maintaining relative safety. These are the regions around cities like Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Durango. Generally, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming, and some parts of Oregon, are considered to be some of the safest places in the country to live.

Much of the reasoning behind why these regions are safe revolves around their particular geology, proximity to coastlines, yearly wind patterns, and fault lines. Given this information, and a desire to still take part in nature’s safe activities, it’s no wonder that Colorado is one of the most popular areas for young professionals and retiring families.

 

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