Thursday, August 25, 2011

At the break of dawn

Taken from and by the NWS FWD staff.
I saw this at a distance. The NWS reported UFO's at their office. (Unidentified Falling Obejcts). I HEARD thunder, but no UFO's again at my house. After an unexpectedly cool morning around 80, it still got to 103 today and will continue at that pace for the next week or more. Looks like we ARE going to exceed the record number of days >100 of 69 set in 1980. Only 11 more days and we'll become officially the HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD. : (  I write that in the hopes that it will jinx the record and ...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Second Hottest Summer on Record : (

As of tomorrow we will have had 57 days over 100 this year. 1980, the hottest summer, had 69. Someone, PLEASE ABSOLUTELY PROMISE ME we are NOT going to break that record in 2011. : (  Unless some popup storm skews DFW Aairport's official thermometer reading while most everyone else still roasts, and since it's supposed to continue over 100 for AT LEAST the next 7 days .... NOOOOOO!!  I suffered A/C emergency #3 Friday evening, after another high of 107. The A/C company owner told me today they've replaced over 500 capacitors just this summer. Guess that explains why there was at least one in the truck Now I've also got to replace leaking coils, but not until it get cooler - say next January?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Freak Wind" "Fluke" Really? Who Ignored Severe Weather Warning?

Follow meteorologist Mike Smith's blog, Meteorologic Musings, for his ongoing comments re the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair. Smith is the Senior VP of AccuWeather's Enterprise Solutions.

Tuesday's CERT Continuing Education class happened to be on Incident Command. I had emailed Matt at the OEM the link (see previous post) to the live dispatch recording which he then used as a basis to chart out the various aspects of their Incident Command / Mass casualty structure (as it came into being), changing Incident Commander, etc. Disturbing but very interesting.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Indiana Stage Collapse: Fire Dept. Scanner, Incident Command Set Up, etc

Recording of live scanner starting with initial dispatch of emergency FD vehicles and services immediately following stage collapse, incident command set up, some confusion, need for far more medical response, triage, etc. Entire recording is over an hour.  Also, series of photographs showing shelf cloud moving overhead (source of high wind gusts) from Facebook.

Also view tape of collapse on Meteorologic Musings blog and read his comments: The Horror in Indianapolis

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Personalized KnoWhat2Do Pocket Emergency Plan

This handy online app was created under the auspices of Homeland Security.  Except for a couple of phone numbers, this app will apply to any individual and family world wide. Freely share this link with everyone you know.

KnoWhat2Do Pocket Emergency Plan

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

More Record Heat!

High Temps So Far Today Across the Area:

DFW:  109
Waco: 108

NWS Office (Fort Worth): 109
Dallas Love Field:       108
Mineral Wells:           110
Denton:                  108
Fort Worth Meacham:      108
Fort Worth Alliance:     110
McKinney:                108
Corsicana:               108
Arlington:               108

Monthly Outdoor Warning Siren Test tomorrow at 1p. Very happy I'LL be inside!

Abbreviation Key

AARC - Arlington Amateur Radio Club
- Amateur Radio Emergency Service
- Community Emergency Response Team
EMST - Emergency Management Support Team
- Emergency Operations Center - part of the OEM
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
- National Weather Service
NWS FWD - National Weather Service - Fort Worth/Dallas
OEM - Office of Emergency Management
- Public Service Event - ARES Net
RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services
- TExas Severe Storm Associaton