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Tanja Dallafior Michèle Lai Tom Sabbatelli

About Tanja Dallafior Michèle Lai Tom Sabbatelli

Tanja Dallafior - Modeler, Event Response, RMS

Tanja joined RMS in November 2018 and is based at the RMS London office as a modeler at the Event Response team. Tanja previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholms Universitet in Sweden where she investigated the processes driving Arctic climate. She holds a PhD in global climate modeling from ETH Zurich.

Michèle Lai - Product Manager, Model Product Management, RMS

Michèle joined RMS in 2013, and is based at the RMS Zurich office as part of the Product Management team, focusing on European climatic hazard models. As part of her role, Michèle is now the product manager for the new RMS® Europe Windstorm Models and the Europe Severe Convective Storm HD Models. She holds a master’s degree in Atmospheric and Climate Science from ETH Zurich.

Tom Sabbatelli - Manager - Event Response, RMS

Tom leads RMS’ Event Response team, responsible for providing real-time guidance and modeling products to RMS clients across a wide breadth of global natural catastrophes. Tom has served RMS clients in a number of roles since joining the organization in 2009, most recently as a Senior Product Manager in the Model Product and Data Management team, focusing on the RMS North Atlantic Hurricane Model suite of products.

He also spent several years in the Client Support Services organization, primarily providing specialist peril model support. Tom joined RMS upon completion of his B.S. and M.S. degrees in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

European Windstorm: The Name Game

Tanja Dallafior – Modeler, Event Response, RMS

Michèle Lai – Product Manager, Model Product Management, RMS

Tom Sabbatelli – Manager – Event Response, RMS

A typical European windstorm season usually spans from October to March, with a peak of activity during the winter months. But with a quiet and sunny February, due to a strong blocking situation in Western Europe, had spring arrived? No, Mother Nature decided differently, and March came with its series of windstorms, and although March is not over yet, let’s look at what has happened so far.

What’s in a Name?

March 2019 started with the formation of a westerly weather pattern that prevailed until March 16-17, and an unstable atmospheric situation that brought a series of eight spring storms passing through Europe in just over two weeks. This series of storms brought damage and disruption across Europe, with uprooted trees, power outages, transport interruptions on road, rail, and in the air, injuries and even fatalities were reported.

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