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And speaking of the NTSB, did you see the news?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (and even before), we’ve been posting about the need for an entity similar to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that would identify the root causes for natural disasters. Such an agency could develop … Continue reading

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GOP and Dems analyze the election…(compare with the NTSB)

“Any landing you walk away from is a good one.” – pilots’ adage. In the aftermath of the November 6th elections, Republicans are asking themselves what went wrong. Democrats don’t seem to be going through such an evaluation…at least not … Continue reading

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A Tale of two Cities: Atlanta and Gainesville weather the February 11-13 ice storms.

Every so often, even nature provides a do-over. Turns out that the ice storm that shut down Atlanta (and virtually no one else) was merely providing a tune-up for cities up and down the entire east coast. The real impact … Continue reading

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Even as Moore recovers, we should guard against a greater threat.

The news continues from Moore, Oklahoma, as the community begins an all-too-familiar recovery process: remembering the beloved who died, and saying farewell; healing from injury, and caring for those who need to mend;  sifting through the rubble for what can … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy and the fog of war: redux.

This morning’s USA Today contains a thoughtful editorial on the Hurricane Sandy warnings. The editors point out correctly that the hazard was well-forecast but that problems with labels for the storm – hurricane? Or nor-easter? – contributed to some confusion … Continue reading

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A New Manhattan Project?

Bill Keller, a former executive editor of The New York Times, has an op-ed column in this morning’s edition with the wonderful title A New Manhattan Project. Its topic? Practical ways and means of protecting New York City and its … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy’s Real Lesson…will we learn it?

Viewed narrowly, Hurricane Sandy is a success story. Start with the forecast. Americans were given a week’s heads-up that Hurricane Sandy would track north, and then, instead of veering safely out to the Atlantic, would come ashore somewhere near New … Continue reading

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The Titanic…a poster child for Learning from Experience…and for Repetitive Loss

100 years ago last night, the passenger liner Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank two hours later. She carried over 2200 people – some of the world’s richest, and maybe 1000 of the poorest, the latter … Continue reading

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DFW Airport, hail, and repetitive loss

We’ve seen this tragedy before. Storms bearing hail and a spawning a dozen tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on April 3. First, the good news. No…it’s not just good news. It’s great news. No fatalities reported as of … Continue reading

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Anniversary Remembrances of Two Disasters

Thirty years ago to the day I was still working for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), and stationed in Boulder. A gaggle of us were back here in DC for an OAR management retreat. It was the … Continue reading

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