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Andrew Frieden. On top of things like an antenna.
When Bad is Good
One of my pet peeves is calling weather BAD especially when sometimes the weather is actually good if it’s examined closely.
The Blizzard that affected Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas yesterday was well forecasted days in advance. There’s no reason why anyone there should have been surprised. My favorite part of the news coverage was a national reporter talking to a farmer who basically said, “Bring it on– the more snow the better!”
Why did he feel this way? The states now blanketed in thick snow are also dealing with extreme drought. Snow is welcome there. They’ll take heavy rain, too. More rain/snow is needed in this region in the months to come.
Sometimes Bad is Good.
After-Storm Tips We Hope You Don’t Need
John F. Kennedy once said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
And the best time to take care of potentially hazardous trees is well before the storm, but even if everyone had done that, it is certain that trees will still come down during the next few days. Here are some tips:
- Report downed street trees or any tree blocking a street to the 311 Call Center or to the non-emergency police number (646-5100) if the call center is not available.
- For tree work on private property contact an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This will help ensure safe removal when necessary or appropriate corrective measures to save the tree.
- When collecting debris for pick-up, do not place on sidewalks, parking places or where the debris will block the alley. When cutting limbs keep them at 4 feet or less; this makes curbside and alley pick-up easier.
- DO NOT put any other trash with tree debris since this could be hazardous when the debris is put through a shredder.
- See Tree First Aid
- If you have time before the power goes out, visit the True Timber blog for a unique perspective on Trees and Wind, written after Hurricane Irene.
Good luck to you and your trees!
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Weather Channel Will Start Naming Winter Storms
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A person uses cross country skis to get up 26th Street NW near P Street in the snow in Washington in 2010.
For a long time now, winter storms that cause significant headaches are named posthumously. Think about the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922, which got its name after it collapsed the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, D.C, or the School House Blizzard of 1888, which killed hundreds, including many students making their way to school.
Today, the Weather Channel announced it will be naming winter storms before they impact an area. In its release about the new convention, The Weather Channel says part of the reason winter storms are not named is because there is nothing equivalent to the National Hurricane Center for winter storms.
“The National Centers for Environmental Prediction’s Hydrologic Prediction Center (HPC) does issue discussions and snowfall forecasts on a national scale but it does not fill the same role as the NHC in naming storms,” the Weather Channel said. “Therefore, it would be a great benefit for a partner in the weather industry to take on the responsibility of developing a new concept.”
The big question now is how the Weather Channel will decide when to name a storm. The Hurricane Center, for example, uses wind speed to determine when a storm deserves a name. The organization says it will use more qualitative methods to determine a named winter storm.
“Often a weather system that is expected to strike a metropolitan area three days from now has not even completely formed in the atmosphere. Therefore, naming of winter storms will be limited to no more than three days before impact to ensure there is moderate to strong confidence the system will produce significant effects on a populated area. In addition, the impacts from winter systems are not as simple to quantify as tropical systems where a system is named once the winds exceed a certain threshold.
“The process for naming a winter storm will reflect a more complete assessment of several variables that combine to produce disruptive impacts including snowfall, ice, wind and temperature. In addition, the time of day (rush hour vs. overnight) and the day of the week (weekday school and work travel vs. weekends) will be taken into consideration in the process the meteorological team will use to name storms.”
The Weather Channel also released an inaugural list of names for this upcoming winter. They include Athena, Brutus, Caesar, Rocky and Zeus.
The Weather Channel says naming the storms will result in clearer communication about the systems.
So far we are at about .25ish inches in the Richmond area this morning. More in some places.
We are around 3.0 inches total for the month. That’s pretty good for August. Especially when the rest of the country is ending the summer in record drought numbers.