Monthly Archives: October 2011

Most Advanced Weather Satellite in History Reaching Orbit Today

Just a few hours ago (0948 UTC), 13 stories worth of Delta II rocket lifted the newest weather research satellite into polar orbit on a mission to provide the beginnings of the next generation of Earth observing and monitoring from space.

West Coast Targeted by 20 Million Tons of Hazardous Debris – Or is It? Here’s Why

An enormously large field of floating debris has been spotted in the North Pacific, and it’s heading toward the West Coast of the United States. Some 20 million tons of debris, ripped away from northern Japan in April of this year, is heading for the shores of the U.S. Early estimates had the debris reaching the U.S. shores within three years (based on a speed of advance of 5-10 miles per day). Based on recent reports however, this floating city of rubbish, houses, vehicles, coolers, plastic, appliances, wood and even toxic waste is moving faster than first thought.

A Hurricane and A Blizzard?? It Must Be October

The weather is far from boring this week as parts of the northern and central Rockies gear up for the first significant snow of the season. It’s going to feel like winter across parts of Colorado and Wyoming today and tomorrow, while in southern Florida their main concern is Hurricane Rina as it intensifies in […]

Winter Season Outlook Webinar and Some Recent Business Continuity Highlights

This Wednesday, October 26th at 1:00C/2:00 Eastern, Agility Recovery welcomes ImpactWeather StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude as he shares the long-range winter weather outlook for the 2011-2012 Season.  Following Mr. Schmude, Agility’s senior continuity manager Mark Norton will also provide tips and best practices to mitigate the risks associated with winter weather.  Register here and share it.  […]

National Weather Association Annual Meeting Honors Victims of 2011’s Horrific Spring Tornadoes

NOTE:  ImpactWeather meteorologist Jennifer Stein traveled to Birmingham this week to attend the annual meeting of the National Weather Association and files this report of what went on. The 2011 annual meeting of the National Weather Association (NWA) was held this week in Birmingham, Alabama.  Coincidentally, the area had been devastated only six months ago […]

Did You Plan for A Sudden Outbreak of . . . Lions and Tigers and Bears? Yet Another Reason to Enhance Your Incident Command Capabilities

Sad news out of Zanesville, OH this morning that the owner of an exotic animal farm set as many as 50 of the animals free last night before apparently shooting himself.  The story is certainly an attention grabber but it reminds us that, not unlike other emergencies that were totally unplanned for, both organizations and […]

Cool Air Spreads Southward While Tropical Disturbance Lingers in Southern Gulf

Cooler air is moving southward today behind a strong cold front. The actual front moved through Southeast Texas earlier this morning, with breezy northwesterly winds between 15-25 mph with higher gusts behind it. Temperatures have also been a lot cooler behind the front and it’s now 60F in Dallas, 69F in Houston and 76F in […]

Mark Next Wednesday: Winter Weather Outlook + Preparing Your Business for the Winter Weather Season

Join us next Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00C/3:00E for a long-range look at Winter 2011-2012 as well as a rundown on how you can help your organization prepare for the winter weather season.  In 16 minutes or fewer, ImpactWeather’s StormWatch manager Fred Schmude will provide an extremely detailed, region-by-region look at not only what to […]

Katla Volcano: “Should I Stay or Should I Blow?” Major Eruption May Be Imminent

Presently, “Should I Blow?” might be answered with a resounding “Yes!” in the near future. Although volcanologists and seismologists can trace the current period of Katla unrest to 1999 and even a couple of times over the past year tremors and earthquakes have spurred concern of an imminent eruption, the current level of unrest is quite high. In fact, after a long period of magnitude-three tremors, a magnitude-four quake was detected last week.

Tropical Season Waning, Take Advantage to Shore Up Your Disaster Recovery Effectiveness

Only seven percent of the U.S. population has taken basic preparedness steps at their house?  Seriously?  Does the other 93% think they’re mysteriously immune when – not if – life gets difficult?   “Some of the statistics are shocking,” according to Mike Thomson, our Business Continuity Services manager. As the tropical season begins to wind down […]