Lightning storm with tornadoAbout one-third of the U.S.'s $18 trillion gross national productis generated by industries vulnerable to changes in the weather.There were 14 weather events that caused at least $1 billion indamages in the U.S. last year, according to the National Centersfor Environmental Information. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –Every uptick in wind speed along the Gulf of Mexicoshoreline is of enormous interest to Mike Eilts.

Eilts, senior vice president for weather at DTN, aMinnesota-based analytics firm, knows that an unexpected cold frontin Louisiana, nudged southward by a jet stream unsettled by globalwarming, can push rising winds into the Gulf, putting dozens offloating oil rigs at risk.

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