Track Hurricane Arthur as it Threatens Mid-Atlantic with Live Esri Tracking Map

Wow, summer is barely here and already we have a named storm/hurricane… Esri’s Hurricane Public Information Map is available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing storm coverage. You can explore the storm’s projected path and live storm warnings from NOAA overlaid on geotagged social media from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram. Stay safe everyone! See the storm map HERE

Be Prepared for Tornado Season – 10 Mobile Notification Extreme Weather Alert Apps

I’ve lived in tornado country and I know how important it is to have as much notification as possible when extreme weather is in the area. Getting important SMS or mobile alerts of extreme weather like tornadic activity can be a life saver. To help you be prepared here’s 10 weather alert notification apps and services to consider:

  1. AccuWeather –AccuWeather.com provides free email forecast and severe weather alerts
  2. ALERT FM is an aggregator of State and Local emergency information with multiple contact paths for mass notification. Emergency information is delivered via the data subcarrier of existing FM radio stations, SMS (text) and email. This personal alert and messaging system allows emergency management officials to create and send digital alerts and messages to recipients such as first responders, school officials, businesses, and citizens based on geographic or organizational groupings. [Read more…]

Temperature Map Paints A Chilly Picture of the Deep Freeze

And so the deep freeze continues… heck, even up here in the balmy NorthWest we’ve had temperatures below freezing levels, however, nothing compared to most of the continental US. From NOAA… The powerful winter storm that has been affecting much of the central and western U.S. continues to intensify as it moves into Canada. Snow is tapering off across the Upper Midwest, but heavy snow is possible on Thur. from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Miss. Valley, with heavy rain possible from the central Appalachians to the lower Miss. Valley. Freezing rain is possible from TX to the Ohio Valley. To get an idea how cold its been have a look at this temperature map (Source: Weather.com) from the morning of Dec 5… brrrrrr!

temperature map of USA

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Be Prepared With Apps for Winter Weather Maps and Mobile Data Updates

With the busy travel season and holidays just around the corner you’ll definitely want to be informed about weather and the latest extreme weather forecasts. For mobile device users there’s plenty of fine options, make sure you have a good app and even a local alert system to push updates to your mobile device. If you’ll be flying, check departure times regularly, particularly just prior to stepping out the door to head to the airport. An easy solution is to google your airline carrier name and flight number to see the latest status report… flight aware is also a fabulous system to use and can save you from wasting time. For iPad users wanting a fun yet useful weather app I’m really digging ClearDay, it’s useful and quite beautiful too! Other mobile apps that are on my MUST HAVE list include WeatherBug and iMap WeatherRadio, the latter providing real-time alerts and pushes the notifications to my device.

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Imagery of Moore, Oklahoma before and after May 20 tornado

The Pléiades satellites, operated and built by Astrium have captured images of Moore, Oklahoma, which clearly shows the devastation caused by the massive tornado that swept through the region on May 20, 2013.  By comparing today’s image with an image acquired on April 29, 2013, it is very easy to see that buildings, trees, cars and virtually everything else has been completed destroyed along the tornado’s path. More on the imagery can be found here

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Esri Map Shows Real-Time Effects of Winter Storm Nemo

Just in time as the winter storm “Nemo” approaches the US Northeast. A new weather map from Esri has been released to help explore live storm reports, precipitation, and weather warnings with geo-tagged social content from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. See the real-time effects of the storm via social media posts. To change the search terms, go to the Social menu, click the settings icon, and update the keyword.

See the map directly HERE 

Extreme Weather Map Reveals 10 Worst States

Some new numbers crunched by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and 2012 tallies reveal even more monthly weather records set than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011, with record-breaking heat, rainfall and snow events catalogued by State – Top Ten States — CO, IL, IN, MD, ME, MN, NV, TN, WI, WV — to be Highlighted in the findings. In 2012, Americans experienced several unforgettably devastating extreme events. Climate scientists say these types of events are fueled by climate change:

  • 2012 was the warmest year ever recorded in the US, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) State of the Climate report released last Tuesday.
  • Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge height, 13.88 feet, broke the all-time record in the New York Harbor, and ravaged communities across New Jersey and New York with floodwaters and winds.
  • The summer of 2012 was the worst drought in 50 years across the nation’s breadbasket, with over 1,300 US counties across 29 states declared drought disaster areas.
  • The hottest March on record in the contiguous US, and July was the hottest single month ever recorded in the lower 48 states.
  • Wildfires burned over 9.2 million acres in the US, and destroyed hundreds of homes.
  • NOAA has estimated that 2012 will surpass 2011 in aggregate costs for U.S. annual billion-dollar disasters, in large part due to the trails of destruction from Superstorm Sandy and the yearlong drought.
  • See more details HERE

2012 Could Be The Year of Extreme Weather/Climate Events

2012 has been a rough year for the weather tracking and monitoring industry, so rough that the yer could be shaping up to be known by many as The yer of extreme weather events in the US.  NOAA has released preliminary information on extreme weather and climate events in the U.S. for 2012 that are known to have reached the $1 billion threshold in losses. As of December 20, NOAA estimates that the nation experienced 11 such events, to include seven severe weather/tornado events, two tropical storm/hurricane events, and the yearlong drought and associated wildfires. The eleven events include:

  • Southeast/Ohio Valley Tornadoes — March 2–3 2012
  • Texas Tornadoes — April 2–3 2012
  • Great Plains Tornadoes — April 13–14 2012
  • Midwest/Ohio Valley Severe Weather — April 28–May 1 2012
  • Southern Plains/Midwest/Northeast Severe Weather — May 25–30 2012
  • Rockies/Southwest Severe Weather — June 6–12 2012
  • Plains/East/Northeast Severe Weather (“Derecho”) — June 29–July 2 2012
  • Hurricane Isaac — August 26–31 2012
  • Western Wildfires — Summer–Fall, 2012
  • Hurricane Sandy — October 29–31 2012
  • U.S. Drought/Heatwave — throughout 2012
  • See More info – Preliminary Info on 2012 U.S. Billion-Dollar Extreme Weather/Climate Events

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