|Posted on February 26, 2021 at 4:30 PM|
Without adaptations like air conditioning, heatwaves can be very impactful to human health. Heatwaves can also impact the cost of energy and extended heatwaves can tax energy generation. The impact to agriculture (plants and animals) can be devastating.
|Posted on February 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM|
Cold spells with significantly below normal temperatures can impact many businesses and organizations. This overview discusses cold spells in general and their impact.
|Posted on February 12, 2021 at 7:10 PM|
Weather happens at many different scales. Cold fronts, high pressure systems, low pressure systems and warm fronts are examples of synoptic scale systems. What do you look out for regarding synoptic scale weather events?
|Posted on February 3, 2021 at 2:15 PM|
This is a brief overview of the different types of weather hazards that could affect your business or organization.
|Posted on January 30, 2021 at 12:10 AM|
|Posted on January 26, 2021 at 1:20 PM|
If you live in an area where it can be very cold during the Winter, you might find yourself with dry, cracked skin on your hands especially if you do a lot of hand washing. The dry, cracked skin can end up bleeding and/or feeling sore. This is because the relative humidity in your house or building may be below 40%. While many people use cream and/or moisturizers you may want to also look at purchasing a humidifier.
The most comfortable relative humidity range is around 40% to 60%. In fact, keeping the relative humidity in this range will also help with your respiratory system and lower the threat from the flu and other ailments including allergies. Most businesses/office buildings handle (or should) this 40% to 60% range with their HVAC system. Most houses where Winter can be very cold, don’t.
So how does the relative humidity get below 40% in your house? Outside air will seep into your house through open doors, through seams in the windows and through other methods. The dry air (measured with dew points) outside can be very low (minus single digits to 20s Fahrenheit). Bring that dry air into a house with temperatures in the 60s or low 70s and you can end up with low relative humidity readings in the 20% to 40% range (or even lower). Relative humidity readings below 40% can exacerbate dry, cracked skin. While creams and moisturizers can help, utilizing a humidifier can help increase the relative humidity and make your skin less dry and thus less cracked. A humidifier can also reduce static electricity and slow the drying out of furniture and cabinets. Humidifiers can be found at many retailers this time of the year.
|Posted on January 18, 2021 at 5:55 PM|
During the middle of April 2019, two weekend events showed the need for someone to be a “weather manager” especially when there are a number of people who can be impacted. We are defining “weather manager” as someone who has the responsibility to keep track of the weather and how it may impact an event, business or organization.
There were two events that weekend impacted by weather. One was the Master Tournament in Georgia and the other was a cultural festival in Northeast Texas.
Both ends of the weather impact spectrum (positive/negative) were experienced that weekend. On the positive side, The Masters Tournament proactively moved the Sunday part of the tournament ahead of expected severe weather. The PGA does have meteorologists on-site and the decisions made on Saturday worked best for all considering the threat of severe storms on Sunday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia.
Sadly, a cultural festival in Northeast Texas had a different outcome. The festival was impacted by two different storms and suffered a direct hit from a tornado. One person died and at least 25 people were injured. The threat was well communicated in advance by the National Weather Service and the media that severe weather was possible for the area at the time of the festival. It is unknown whether someone had the responsibility to watch the weather and whether contingency plans were defined ahead of time. The cultural festival did cancel one part of the event in advance based on the forecast so there was some level of weather awareness but one wonders if they did enough (especially on the day of the event).
Both cases show the need for at least someone to be the “weather manager”. In many cases, businesses, organizations or events need access at some level to a meteorologist. At the very least, someone needs to have the responsibility to be the “weather manager” to monitor the weather for safety reasons, expense control and for income opportunities.
WeatherStrategy LLC is available to provide guidance and training if you feel your organization needs a weather manager but you don't know where to start.
|Posted on January 15, 2021 at 11:45 AM|
When it comes to weather and climate, there are tried and true tools available but there are also newer products and processes you may not know about that may be of assistance to your organization. However, since many options are available...one should take a step back and look at their weather and climate needs strategically.
How do you determine how to use weather and climate related information strategically? Here are some steps to follow:
1. Select the corporate mission/goals as they relate to your weather- and climate-related concerns.
Since weather and climate impacts organizations at many different levels, a sense of direction and focus will make the process much easier especially regarding some of the tools and options. If you have multiple weather or climate related goals, it may make sense to deal with each separately.
2. Analyze the organization's external competitive environment to identify opportunities and threats as they relate to weather/climate. There are a number of tools. Depending on your needs, this can range from understanding the weather/climate and current impacts on your organization through education to looking to the future using scenario planning.
3. Analyze the organization's internal operating environment to identify the organization's strengths and weaknesses as they relate to weather. One way to look at the internal environment is to utilize analysis tools like a SWOT analysis and/or Michael Porters Five Forces analysis.
4. Select strategies that build on the organization's strengths and correct its weaknesses in order to take advantage of external opportunities and counter external threats. These strategies should be consistent with the mission and major goals of the organization. They should be congruent and applicable to the company's business model.
5. Implement the strategies.
Once you have outlined your strategies, do you know or understand what is available and what is possible with weather data? You may be surprised as to what is available and what can be done with weather and climate data. Organizations like WeatherStrategy LLC can assist you with outlining weather/climate related goals, developing weather strategies and with navigating the weather industry. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted on December 23, 2019 at 10:45 AM|
"The climate community got off track by forgetting the distinction between using scenarios as an exploratory tool for developing and evaluating policy options, and using scenarios as forecasts of where the world is headed." https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2019/12/22/in-2020-climate-science-needs-to-hit-the-reset-button-part-one
Scenarios from scenario planning are not forecasts but can provide insight and identify many signposts that can be utilized for future decision making.
Note, there is no specific and exact way to do scenario planning. However, the IPCC scenarios may be more along the lines of scientific projections than scenario planning but it is hard to tell. The article does provide many useful scenario planning references, however.
Also, it is generally prudent to be wary of specific numbers for an event placed well into the future, especially when there is much uncertainty. Scenario planning is used to address this by helping an organization understand what is plausible and improve decision making.
|Posted on August 31, 2019 at 2:40 PM|
EforAll Lowell-Lawrence pitch contest on August 22. Great pictures and descriptions of participants in the pitch contest. http://eganwriter.blogspot.com/2019/08/recap-eforall-lowell-lawrence-change.html