Posts Tagged ‘Meteorology

09
Mar
11

long term disasters

Massive ice blocks and flooding inundate the t...

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The disasters that happen fast and violently are the sexiest disaster.  They match the short attention span of the American people.  An explosion or tornado will garner a lot of attention.  However, these are rare events.  The possibility of encountering these is relatively low compared to the common disasters we take for granted.  For instance, right now we are dealing with ice jams that have resulted in some flooding.  The next few days could prove to be extremely disasterous for the area as temps increase and we recieve heavy precip.  It’s a very slow process that started last weekend and we may not really see any problems until later tomorrow or Friday.  People are not preparing and haven’t taken the situation seriously because it’s a slow moving rain system.  People are oblivious to the danger.  Remember when talking to your constituents that disasters are not just events that can happen in an instant.  We need to make sure that we let people know that even something as mundane as a rain storm can quickly lead to a life/property threatening situation.

23
Apr
10

Watch severe storms from the comfort of anywhere

Thunderstorms produce many hazards that put li...

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The internet has allowed us to experience cultures and experience from around the world.  I am a big severe weather fan, I love the raw power and beauty of a massive supercell thunderstorm, but I was limited to watching recorded videos after the fact.  Now you can watch severe storms and storm chasers live on the internet!  This actually isn’t new, I have been checking this out for a couple years now but it’s popularity has really taken off.  http://www.tornadovideos.net/live allows you to watch chasers live in the field.  This is a technology that could be very useful in emergency management.  Yesterday I watched the chasers live while listening to live scanners from area’s being impacted.  I had a very extensive operational picture even though I was thousands of miles away from the storms.  The potential for this technology, especially with newer and faster 4G technology, is enormous.  This technology can allow emergency managers to view incidents live from anywhere there is high speed internet access.




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