In their summary of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, researchers at Colorado State University noted that this year's season was a near-average season by most metrics, with slightly below-average levels of accumulated cyclone energy. The season's most significant continental US storm was September's Hurricane Ian.
This year's natural catastrophe insured losses have reached $115 billion, well above the 10-year average of $81 billion, according to Swiss Re. This year is the second consecutive year in which estimated catastrophe insured losses exceeded $100 billion, the reinsurer said.
While the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season produced fewer storms than anticipated, it resulted in $110 billion in losses, of which $65 billion were insured, according to Munich Re. The 2022 hurricane season saw 14 named storms, with 8 hurricanes, including 2 severe hurricanes of Category 3 or greater.
Total private market US insured losses from Hurricane Nicole will be less than $2 billion, with the best estimate of $1.6 billion, according to risk modeling firm RMS. The RMS estimate represents insured losses resulting from wind, storm surge, and precipitation-induced flooding.
October ranked as the fourth-warmest October in 143 years, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Northern Hemisphere experienced its second-warmest October, just behind October 2015. Meanwhile, Europe saw its warmest October on record.
CCRIF SPC made four payouts totaling $15.2 million to three of its member governments during October for hurricane-related weather events. The recent payouts bring CCRIF's total policy payouts to $260 million. Since its inception in 2007, the facility has made 58 payouts to 16 of its 24 members.
Global insured losses resulting from natural disasters are likely to exceed $100 billion for the third consecutive year, according to a recent report from Aon. Much will depend on the eventual financial outcome of Hurricane Ian, expected to be the year's costliest natural disaster event.