Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hurricane Season Monthly Outlook: June 7th [free 20-min. webinar]

The official start to the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season is just hours away and ImpactWeather TropicsWatch Manager and lead hurricane forecaster Chris Hebert will present a 20-minute webinar – the first of several 30-day outlooks we’ll feature throughout the season – next Tuesday, June 7th at 2:00C.  Register here. Beginning with our first season outlook […]

Violent Weather La Niña’s Fault? And What About Hurricane Season?

Part II: Yesterday, I talked about the weird weather we’ve been having lately – record tornadoes, record floods, late season snows, late season record lows. What’s going on? Does all this portend of more to come? Does it mean a more active hurricane season? Are there factors leading to the expected active hurricane season which are to blame for all of this unusually active/weird weather? ImpactWeather’s StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude helps shed some light on the situation.

Violent Tornadoes, Floods, and Wildfires…What’s Next? I’m Scared to Ask.

The past several months the weather has been extremely active. We’ve seen anything from a record number of tornadoes to record flooding along the Mississippi. In Texas we’ve been dealing with wildfires as a result of the on-going exceptional drought (see the image below) that is occurring across parts of Texas, New Mexico and western Louisiana. The Houston area, for example, is currently over 12.21 inches below normal in terms of rainfall.

Making a List and Checking it Twice

Lists are great and we all use them. Of course, Santa has the biggest and best list around and he checks it twice. It makes sense, too — don’t want to forget something or somebody. The next best list, at least when I was a kid, was Mom’s shopping list. If anything was going to […]

While FEMA Responds to Quakes, the CDC Responds to Zombies

It’s true. Well, mostly — the quakes and zombies are not real, but the responses are, and that’s what’s key.

FEMA Responds to Massive “Quake” in Central U.S.

If the title of this article didn’t quite grab your attention, then this will: “Approximately 9,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty are supporting the simulated earthquake relief operations, including mock route clearing, search and rescue, and security operations across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.”

Last Chance to Register for the Hurricane Seminar for Business and Industry

The 22nd Annual Hurricane Seminar for Business and Industry is just five days away and – with nearly 300 attendees registered – available seats won’t be around much longer.  Take a look and register.  We’ve got an outstanding lineup this year and it’s our best group yet. (Yes, I say that every year.  Yes, it’s […]

Where Do New Meteorologists Come From? Right Here.

Recently ImpactWeather had the opportunity to make a lasting impression on the 2nd graders at Settlers Way Elementary School in Sugar Land, Texas, southwest of Houston. We’re always looking for fun and educational ways to reach out to the next generation of scientists, and teachers and parents are always looking for ways to make their kids’ learning experience the best they can be. Occasionally, as was the case a couple of weeks ago, the planets align…and we end up with a bag of enthusiastic, handwritten Thank You letters in the mail.

Anatomy of a Tornado—Why So Destructive?

My thoughts are still with those who lost love ones and their homes in the tornado outbreak a few weeks ago across the South. As most of us along the coast are gearing up for Hurricane Season to officially begin on June 1st, all of us need to remember that severe weather can occur anywhere […]

Why So MANY Hurricane Prep Shows? There’s A Reason

NOAA celebrates Hurricane Awareness Week from May 22nd to the 28th this year but I say May and June should both be Hurricane Preparedness Months.   Having been through quite a few hurricanes myself – both as a somewhat more mature and prepared weather professional but also as a fully unprepared younger adult – I can […]