Tag Archives: Weather

  • Lightning in Los Angeles

    lightning in Los Angeles

    In a rare display of wild summer weather, Southern California saw one death and a dozen injuries from lightning at the end of July. While summer is prime time for thunder and lightning storms (read why here) in some parts of the country, it’s a less common phenomenon on the West Coast.

    Which just goes to show the urgency of preparedness. If disasters were completely predictable, they wouldn’t be disasters, I suppose.

    Fox News describes the “monsoon moisture,” warm and humid, which led to countless reports of lightning and thunder around the Los Angeles region, as well as flooding on Catalina Island. The fatality took place on the popular Venice Beach, where people surfed, swam, and played volleyball as thunderclouds gathered overhead.

    The Red Cross reminds us that we should head inside at the first sound of thunder and that water is particularly dangerous in a thunderstorm. In fact, the list of tips they posted for this year’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week advises we stay safely indoors for at least 30 minutes after the last audible thunder clap. The Red Cross, NOAA, and AccuWeather.com all have great articles and tip lists for lightning safety. And if you want a little more reading, here are some of our recent articles on the deadly beauty.

    I know it’s summer, and we all want to be outside, just remember to keep  an eye on the skies. Better a ruined picnic than a trip to the ER!

     

    -Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Preparedness In The News, Current Events, Weather

  • What to Expect (or not) from El Nino

    What to Expect (or not) from El Nino

    Here’s a cheerful headline to brighten your week: “El Niño is Going to Make Your 2014 Miserable.” Thank you, salon.com, for the good news.

    Actually, 2014 is half over already, and it’s been a pretty fair six months for me, so I’m not getting too hand-wringy quite, yet. I am, however, interested to see what kinds of wacky weather the warm Pacific currents have in store.

    The trick about El Niño, as we were informed by the Weather Channel recently (see their article, “Hurricane Season 2014: 5 Things You Need to Know”), is that its effects are famously unpredictable. Even salon.com’s efforts to sound dire are compromised, as experts warn us that the year could be unusually wet or unusually dry…or, um, neither.

    “Regions across the U.S. that are normally wet can dry out during El Niño conditions, while normally dry regions can flood.” Worldwide expectations related to El Niño are not always accurate, however. “There is an expectation of drought, but not in every single El Niño event do we actually have drought,” Lisa Goddard, director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, said.

    Well, that certainly clears things up.

    Sounds to me like a good time to be prepared for any eventuality. So here are some articles to help get you set for whatever El Niño has in store for your area.

    Keep an eye on the skies, and let us know how El Niño is affecting you this year!

    -Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: el Nino, Weather, storm

  • From The Archives: How to Prepare for a Tornado

    Throughout National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, we want to help spread the word about how you can prepare for natural disasters in your area. Last year one natural disaster occurred over and over again, wreaking havoc across many states in our nation—tornadoes.

    Prepare yourself to face any type of severe weather storm, even a tornado

    In November of 2013, the Midwest faced dozens of record breaking tornadoes that flattened neighborhoods, damaged homes, and sent many people into panic. Oklahoma faced the largest tornado on recordfor their area. Tornadoes even happened in Denver, CO where twisters are uncommon.

    The unexpected tornado in Denver shows that it's important to know how to prepare for a tornado even if they are uncommon to your area. So think about how you would prepare for a tornado. What would you do? Where would you go?

    Check out our Insight Articles “What to do During a Tornado” and “Tornado Preparedness” for tips on what you can do to keep you and your family safe. Also, learn from FEMA the importance of Developing an Emergency Response Plan for Tornadoes.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has also prepared the following videos to help you prepare for a tornado.

    What to do Before a Tornado

    What to do During a Tornado

    What to do After a Tornado

    In honor of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, consider making today your tornado preparedness day—make a plan to keep you and your family safe if a tornado passes through your town.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Tornado preparation, tornadoes, National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Tornado, natural disaster, emergency preparedness, Weather, disaster, NOAA, FEMA, skills

  • Winter Storm Brings Rain, Snow, and Ice Across the Country

    Hey friends,

    According to Weather.com, there’s a big winter storm brewing—well, two storms, actually. Much-needed rain arrived in California today, and forecasts show there’s more on the way.

    Weather Channel_Wet Weather in the West_26Feb 2014

    While California revels in the much-needed water, other parts of the country are bracing for an ice storm on Sunday and into Monday—a storm that could reach as far south as Nashville. Read more at Weather.com.

    It seems like the weather this year has been both a blessing and a curse—it just depends on where you live.

    What’s your reaction to this set of storms? Are you grateful for the rain and snow, or wishing Mother Nature would just give you a break already?

     

    --Urban Girl

     

     

    Photo via Weather.com

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: winter weather, Weather

  • Heads up in DE, MD, NJ, and PA

    What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? It’s sunny and clear in Utah, but here’s a heads up if you live on the east coast in any of the Mid-Atlantic States: It’s gonna be rainy today!

    June 13 2013 Mt Holly NWS forecast

    According to a brief from the Philidelphia/Mt. Holly office of the National Weather Service (NWS), there is potential for widespread flash flooding and river flooding. There is also the possibility of “tornados, strong damaging winds, and large hail” which may cause trees to uproot and increase the likelihood of damage to power lines.

    Hopefully, like yesterday’s expected derecho, the weather will be less severe than predicted. It’s never a bad idea to plan for the worst, so take this information and get ready. You might not be able to get one in time for this week’s storms, but having a radio on hand, and tuned to the NOAA Weather Radio station for your area, is an easy way to get weather updates – especially watches and warnings.

    This brief a great example of the information you can get from NOAA’s National Weather Service. They work hard to stay ahead of the weather to give you as much warning as possible. Get familiar with the NWS website and sign up for alerts. You’ll be glad you did!

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Current Events, Weather, National Weather Service

  • Tornado near El Reno, Oklahoma Largest on Record

    El Reno, Okalahoma Tornado

    Last Friday, the second deadly EF5 tornado in a two week period hit Oklahoma, this time near the city of El Reno. The tornado was a record-breaking 2.6 miles wide, with winds up to 295 miles per hour. Fortunately, the storm didn't affect most of the developed areas of El Reno.

     

    El Reno Mayor Matt White said that while his city of 18,000 residents suffered significant damage — including its vocational-technical center and a cattle stockyard that was reduced to a pile of twisted metal — he said it could have been much worse had the violent twister tracked to the north.
    "If it was two more miles this way, it would have wiped out all of downtown, almost every one of our subdivisions and almost all of our businesses," White said. "It would have taken out everything."
    Click here to continue reading this story.

     

    Everyone is grateful that the majority of the town was spared. Still, 18 people died from the tornado and the flooding it caused. Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones or who were affected in other ways.

    Photo credit: AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Tornado, natural disaster, emergency preparedness, Weather

  • Baby Steps: Winter Storm Know-How

    Even if you won’t be affected by this weekend’s nor’easter Nemo, it’s a good idea to build up your knowledge about winter storms.
    This Baby Steps post will help you know where to go to get reliable information on weather patterns, storm updates, and how to prepare.
    Baby Steps 1: Subscribe to our Twitter feed @bepreapred_com. 
    We try to keep our followers updated by retweeting feeds from FEMA, The Weather Channel, NOAA, CNN, and other storm-watch centers. If you don’t have a smartphone you can still get updates on your computer, or other mobile device, as long as you have access to the internet. Click here to get started.
    Baby Step 2: Find out what FEMA region you’re in. Visit FEMA’s website www.fema.gov.
    The FEMA website is full of reliable information. There’s so much information that it’s a little overwhelming at first. You might find it a bit difficult to navigate, but don’t give up. To find out what FEMA region you’re in click here and scroll down to your state. Click on the map of your region and you’ll be taken to specific information about FEMA in your area.
    Baby Step 3: Bookmark these sites for updates
    Here are the websites we use for up-to-date information about predicted and current storms.

    Baby Step 4: Read these informative pieces from our archive

    Baby Step 5: Contact us with any questions you have.

    We’re here to help so do not hesitate to get in touch with us! We’d love to answer your questions, swap ideas, point you to products, and help you prepare in anyway we can. Here’s how to get a hold of us:

    For our readers in Nemo’s path, be safe this weekend! 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Weather, NOAA, FEMA, baby steps, Winter