Entries by John Mead

Wildfire 101: Modern Warning Systems

In the United States, effective systems are in place to help us plan for, respond to, evacuate from, and cope with dangerous and difficult emergency events.  Traditionally in the late twentieth century, mass media (television and radio) were relied upon to inform the general public of impending or ongoing dangerous situations. Previously, older technology like sirens were utilized for warning […]

Massive Storm Produces Tornadoes and Claims 9 Lives

A severe storm brought three days of extreme weather to a large swath of the South, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic over the weekend. Tornadoes, hail, flooding, and extreme winds wreaked havoc from Texas to Pennsylvania. Nine people died as a result of the storm, with causes ranging from trees falling to drowning in floodwaters. The number […]

California Utilities Adopting Technology to Prevent and Combat Wildfires

New Regulations Forcing Compliance California utility companies have been working to address their liability to the growing risk for massive wildfire events. The California Public Utilities Commission, CPUC, has stringent rules and guidelines for maintenance and mitigation, and has often held utility companies liable to the damages caused by their equipment starting fires. Senate Bill […]

How Tsunami Early Warning Systems Work, and Why Indonesia’s System Failed.

Tsunamis are a scary and devastating natural phenomenon. On average, two damaging tsunamis occur globally each year. A major, devastating, ocean-wide tsunami occurs roughly every 15 years. To prevent catastrophic loss of life, many countries have independently or jointly developed tsunami early warning systems. Indonesia was hit with a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami last […]

Hurricane Florence Starts its Assault on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Current Situation As of: 2100 UTC, Sep 13nd, 2018 Location: 100 miles ESE of Wilmington, NC Size: Category 2 Maximum Sustained Winds: 100 mph Present Movement: WNW at 5 mph Minimum Central Pressure: 955 mb Impact: Up to 11 feet of storm surge, heavy rain causing flash flooding Incident Page: NHC Public Advisory News Article: WunderBlog […]

2018 California Wildfire Update – Is This The New Normal?

Last Year’s Disaster During the massively destructive 2017 wildfire season in California, certain phrases kept being repeated. “Unprecedented”, “Uncharted territory”, “Historic”, “War zone”, “New normal”, and other descriptive phrases were used to try and give people an understanding of the magnitude and severity of the fires. People hoped 2018 would be different, but “New Normal” […]