Is Your Business Ready For The Holidays?

Tornado Damage Christmas Day - Birmingham, AL (Courtesy NWS) “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” - is a favorite holiday song and, depending on your business, this is time when you're very busy or things taper off a bit. Many adopt a “holiday” mindset as they prepare to travel and use well-earned vacation time. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that on average, companies hire roughly 7 million temporary workers in the third and fourth quarter of the year. These adjusted staffing scenarios bring up two important considerations when it comes to safety for your operation. First, ensure ...
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WeatherCall Severe Weather Quiz

Test your weather knowledge with this short, 5-question quiz. The answers appear at the bottom, but NO peeking! 1. If you receive a weather warning for your county, you should assume it applies to the entire county. (True/False) 2. For a thunderstorm to be labelled “severe”, wind gusts must reach a minimum of: a) 39 mph b) 57 mph c) 70 mph 3) A tornado warning is only issued under the following conditions: a) A tornado has been visually confirmed. b) A tornado has been detected by radar. c) Either a or b. 4) Which organization issued tornado watches? a) ...
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Severe Weather Threat Saturday

WEATHER THREAT ANALYSIS From WeatherCall Senior Meteorologist Gene Norman A severe weather threat is developing this weekend across parts of the southern plains, disrupting a recent string of pleasant fall weather days. The areas of highest risk are indicated in yellow and orange on this map are places where storms are expected Saturday, October 21. The greatest threat is large hail, damaging winds along with a few strong tornadoes. Cities where these kinds of storms are expected include Wichita, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. These areas have a risk, defined by the Storm Prediction Center as “slight” ...
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Help During Hurricanes

As expected, this has been a busier than normal hurricane season. However, few, if any would have predicted that we'd see three land-falling hurricanes in the span of a month. First, Harvey hammered the Texas Gulf coast, followed two weeks later by Irma impacting Florida with damaging wind and storm surge and just a week later, Maria mangled Puerto Rico, turning out the lights for six months. The images have been devastating and we hope you have had a chance to assist those recovering. It looks like the needs will go on for a while, so its never too late ...
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Harvey Aims For Texas

Residents of southern Texas need to start getting ready now for a major impact from Harvey. The storm fell apart in the western Caribbean last weekend, but wary weather watchers know this time of year not to count out any storm wafting over warm waters. Harvey re-emerged over Mexico's Yucatan peninsula Wednesday morning and will likely strengthen and head for Texas, as a bevy of computer models analyzing the system for the past few days have hinted. Very warm water in the southern Gulf of Mexico and weak upper-level winds will help Harvey strengthen rapidly. The current track from the ...
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Ready for the Great Eclipse of 2017?

A once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse happens Monday, August 21, 2017. For the first time in almost 100 years, the path of the eclipse will cross the U.S. from coast to coast and could be seen by millions. For some, day will literally become night as the moon crosses the sun's path, casting a shadow on the Earth. This FREE NASA 3-D simulation lets you track the eclipse and shows you what it will look like where you are. CAUTION: DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! Many public libraries will have free special solar glasses, so check with them as ...
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Surprise storm?

Over the last few days, thunderstorms blossomed over two very different parts of the country resulting in tornadoes and subsequent damage. While there were injuries, fortunately, there were no fatalities. You may have seen the dramatic images from Tulsa, Oklahoma from storms as several tornadoes struck, including an EF2 (estimated winds 130 mph) just after 1 am local time (images courtesy @BostonHeath); That was followed two days later by an EF1 tornado (estimated winds 110) in Salisbury, Maryland (images courtesy @mcmanus_tommy): In the aftermath, some people in the affected areas expressed concern that there was "no warning". Is that true? ...
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A new season begins!

Yes, its that time of year - June 1 marks the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season, as well as the beginning of meteorological summer. The projections for the season are to be slightly more active than normal. Interestingly enough, there has already been one named tropical storm - Arlene, which formed well outside the season in April. Fortunately, it was in them middle of the Atlantic, with no threat to land. According to the National Weather Service, we could expect another 10 to 16 more tropical storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes and between 2 and ...
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A Great Graduation Gift!

Congrats To The Graduates! This is an exciting time of year for many - high school graduation. A teenager transitions to a young adult marking the end of one era and the beginning of another. Festive ceremonies are followed by parties and plans for the fall. The future seems bright for many and there's usually a mix of emotions. Some will leave home for the first time to attend college. In some cases, they will attend college in a place where the weather is dramatically different from what they're accustomed. If you know a graduate, give them and their family ...
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BEFORE The Siren

This is the time of year when the day can start out with sunshine, but quickly, skies grow dark in the late afternoon. It's a common this time of year, especially in the central U.S. The rumble of thunder and crackle of lightning might be more than just a disruption to an outdoor activity - it could portend serious danger. When it comes to taking safety action when storms are near, the first step is having an awareness of the threat. Some rely on their local news station, others trust a weather radio or the outdoor siren. There are pros ...
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