Winter storms in Europe: messages from forgotten catastrophes

Number of pages: 24 p.

This publication describes three major winter storms that swept across Europe more than 120 years ago. When it comes to assessing insurance losses from future severe windstorms in Europe, an analysis of these three major events can prove just as useful as artificial scenarios created by a weather or climate model. Such an approach also helps the insurance industry gain a longer-term perspective on the sequence of strong storms that affected Europe at the end of the 20th century.