Three Important Steps to Emergency Preparedness

No one likes to be caught off guard, so why should being ready for an emergency be any different. September is National Preparedness month. Now is a good time to sit down and prepare for possible emergencies or disasters in your area.

Supercomputer animation of Hurricane Katrina's formation

NASA has created a stunning animation that depicts the global weather patterns which led to the formation of Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. The animation was created on a supercomputer by Greg Shirah and Jeff de La Beaujardiere at NASA's Center for Scientific Visualization.

The History of NOAA Weather Radio

The NOAA weather radio service in the United States is impressive in its scale. The National Weather Service (NWS) broadcasts alerts, forecasts and non-weather related hazard information 24 hours a day on over 1020 dedicated high frequency radio stations.(1)  This hasn't always been the case though; the service had humble beginnings.

Hurricane Sandy - A look back through Flickr

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the United States in late October of 2012 and left a path of destruction greater than any hurricane in history to strike the Mid Atlantic region. The photo sharing site Flickr has a number of remarkable photos that document the storm and its immediate aftermath. The satellite image above from NOAA's National Ocean Service shows Hurricane Sandy just off the shore of Maryland and Virginia on October 29, 2012.

The Beauty of Aurora Borealis

Threatening weather is normally our focus, but sometimes we simply take a step back to appreciate the beauty of our planet. Since weather radios provide continuous weather updates and not just emergency alerts, we're not really off-topic.  This incredible photograph of aurora borealis (the northern lights) was taken by Astrophotographer Mike Taylor over Moosehead Lake, Maine and published at Discovery News. Do you remember the science behind auroras?

Amazing lightning video by professional angler

A sixteen year old professional angler named Tucker K Owings captured a video of a lightning strike during a recent thunderstorm.  In the incredible video, you can see both the beauty and the power of a lightning strke. 

National Weather Service still going despite blizzard and shutdown

During the current government shutdown, unpaid National Weather Service (NWS) employees in forecast offices around the country continue to produce weather forecasts and severe storm warnings.  The NWS office in Rapid City, South Dakota has continued to operate despite the added challenge of a blizzard that produced over 4 feet of snowfall and drifts as high as 10-15 feet. 

Emergency preparedness kits - what to include

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans prepare a basic emergency supply kit to prepare for potential emergencies including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  In the event of such an emergency, you may need to live on your own until basic utilities are restored or emergency response teams can reach you. 

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Network

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. This network broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.