Category Archives: Related Science

A Volcano is Not the Last Thing You Need to Worry About: How A Distant Eruption Can Impact the U.S. and the World

From yesterday’s Napa earthquake (link), to the recent and ongoing fears of the major Ebola outbreak, to the drought and wildfires of the western United States, to the civil and racial unrest in Ferguson, MO (link) it’s the foolhardy business without the need for a good business continuity plan.

What if Chicken Little was right – Would utility providers be prepared?

As a history buff and science geek, my husband will watch the History Channel or Discovery Channel until he’s asleep on the couch. He is the epitome of the phrase, “learning is cool.” Recently, we watched the History Channel’s The Men Who Built America , which specifically focused on J.P. Morgan and his relationship with […]

Solar Flare This Weekend Was a “Dud” – Opportunity to Review Your Emergency Plan

Are more solar flares and coronal mass ejections in our future. Experts say yes, with certainty. How strong and when is a little more cloudy. Yet with the the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season’s official beginning just 46 days away and a potential bullet dodged just a couple of days ago, now is the perfect time to review your business continuity plan, as well as your emergency plan and emergency kit for home.

Intense Flooding Making Life More Than Miserable for 10+ Million in Rapidly Sinking Jakarta; “Bathtub Effect” Threatens Future of City

Imagine the infrastructure of Port au Prince, a population density about a third greater than New York City*, the subsidence problems of New Orleans and a landscape like the Netherlands. What have you got? Jakarta. I mean, you know it’s bad when the Jakarta authorities are consulting with the Dutch for assistance in developing a plan to deal with the annual flooding.

Christmas Tradition: NORAD Santa Tracker Turns 57

3 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes and — as of right now — 19 seconds until the NORAD Santa Tracker becomes active. For more than half a century, the NORAD Santa Tracker has been tracking and disseminating Santa’s exact location as he leaves the North Pole and journeys around the world delivering presents on Christmas […]

Geminids Shower Tonight is the Year’s Best – And Viewing Weather for Most of the U.S. Couldn’t Be Better

The Geminids, as they always do, appear to originate from the constellation Gemini, but originate instead from the object 3200 Phaethon — an asteroid, not a comet. Best viewing in the U.S. will be to the east shortly after midnight and, of course, try to be as far away from any light pollution as possible. Don’t worry if you can’t view tonight as the show will go on, though lesser in intensity, through the 19th.

You Asked the Meteorologist and Here Are Your Answers

Last week we offered to take any type of weather question from readers and honestly I thought we’d receive more questions along the line of, “I live in D.C. and my birthday is March 21st. Can we have the party outside?” Or “Why do TV weather people use such exaggerated hand gestures?”  In fact, each […]

Lessons from Superstorm Sandy: What Should We Do Differently Before The Next Big One? [Free Webinar]

In response to the tremendous impact of hurricane Sandy in October, next week ImpactWeather will host a free webinar to address some of the most important aspects of the storm as well as key elements and the vital importance of preparation. Here’s the invitation or you can go ahead and register here. Doesn’t it seem […]

It’s Time to Play “Ask The Meteorologist”! Ask Us A Weather Question and We’ll Answer It

ImpactWeather hosts a variety of different types of educational webinars for different audiences each week and last week one of the webinars was our monthly winter weather outlook which we host for our clients.  For most webinars regardless of the audience or topics, we solicit questions from attendees both ahead of time and during the […]

Jupiter, the Moon, Aldebaran, an Eclipse and the ISS? It’s Not Too Late to See it All

Like last night, here’s what’s happening tonight: The nearly full moon will be in penumbral eclipse. The red giant star Aldebaran and Jupiter will be visible to the moon’s upper right. Additionally, Jupiter’s Galilean moons may be visible. Want more? The conjunction of Venus and Saturn will be visible, but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow morning to view. And if that’s still not enough, there’s an opportunity to view the International Space Station as it slips quickly across the sky.