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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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The heat is on…and not just along the East Coast.

Today’s big weather story? Depends upon where you live, but for most of us, it’s the heat, stagnation, and poor air quality over the eastern half of the United States. Expect temperature records to be broken up and down the … Continue reading

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Tornadoes and airports redux

Back on April 23, I blogged on the tornado damage suffered at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. I wasn’t alone! The story was big in the traditional news media and the blogosphere, and rightfully so. Weeks, later, some bloggers continue to … Continue reading

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The Twain of thought rolls on, and meets…data and environmental policy

“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.” – Mark Twain Yesterday’s post looked at Census data. We saw that the process of collecting and analyzing the data can’t really be separated from considerations of the end use. A … Continue reading

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