Monthly Archives: October 2016

I have Returned to Winterfell

After spending the last 10 months in the storm chasers Kings Landing of sorts, Norman OK, I have returned to the north. I’ve brought back with me a ton of experience and some really fantastic tools that provide situational awareness and advanced weather planning capabilities.  I jokingly refer to Sioux Falls as Winterfell because it sums up the climate here to a tee and it’s far more fun to say you are from Winterfell than Sioux Falls, SD. It’s also a better conversation starter because most people know more about Winterfell than South Dakota, except for a great deal do know about Mt. Rushmore. However, those same people don’t realize it’s about 35 hours away from here if you travel by covered wagon and 5 hours by car.

My time spent in Norman was amazing. I absolutely love the people of Oklahoma. They are very genuine, respectful and seem to be pretty tough overall. The climate, HATED it. I knew going there it was going to be hotter than SD. I have driven there many times for storms and such but I always returned north. Living there with back to back brutal days of hot and sticky were not for me at all. Call me what you will but my body told me I belong further north.

The reason I went south in the first place was for an opportunity to work for a leading private weather provider, Weather Decision Technologies. This career change proved to be a good one for me for many reason. My passion for weather being one of them. The second is our suite of turn key products that I truly believe in. My business experience in various industries helps me apply weather data and turn it into profit and that excites me. I’m currently working on a couple of projects that at the core are doing just that. In the call center I trained my managers and team leaders to really read deep into our dashboards and when they could see beyond the numbers and view it like the matrix, only then were they truly aware and that they could stand solid on any decisions and actions they would have to make. The experience I’ve gained at WDT allows me to do the same with weather maps. I see systems move across the globe like money, whether it be due to exposure of direct safety threats, supply chain disruptions, route planning, staff or job site scheduling, weather indeed has a direct effect on the day to day cost of doing business. Put a little thought into it and you will quickly realize that weather intelligence goes far beyond what to wear for work and having the tools and talent to leverage that information can have a direct effect on your own profit or loss.

In returning north, my goal is to highlight WDT and be the provider of weather guidance and decision support to business, city and state governments, health and safety folks in this region. Contact me directly and let me show you how easy it is to not only get the information that every single person including you uses, but how you can leverage it to your advantage. Take a look at WeatherOps and you could get started today.


Can Hurricane History Repeat Itself?

The latest GFS (Global Forecast Systemmodel run shows Hurricane Matthew impacting Florida twice. While double landfalls are rare Florida has seen this occur 7 times in the past.


Shipping Damage in Pensacola, FL 1906

Unnamed CAT 3 October 18 1906 with winds at 105 knots hitting Marathon Fl (1st landfall)/Near Flamingo which is the southernmost headquarters of Everglades National Park, in Monroe County, Florida. This was point of the second landfall.

Great Miami Hurricane which was a CAT 4 made landfall on September 18th and 20th 1926 with wind speeds at 125 knots.  Palmetto Bay (1st landfall)/Orange Beach, AL (2nd landfall)
While the second landfall did not go out to sea and back again to hit Florida a second time, it did have a dramatic impact on both eastern and western portions of the state

Unnamed CAT 4 September 15 1945 saw winds at 115 knots that struck North Key Largo (1st landfall)/Florida City (2nd landfall)

Unnamed CAT 4 hit September 21–22 1948 with winds at 115 knots and arrived in  Saddlebunch Keys which are a series of mangrove islands about 7 miles east of Key West, Florida(1st landfall)/Near Chokoloskee which is part of the Naples–Marco Island area (2nd landfall).1948_hurricane


Damage from Hurricane Donna

Donna was measured as a CAT 4 storm which occurred September 10 1960 and had wind speeds at 115 knots and made landfall in Conch Key which is an island located in the middle of the Florida Keys (1st landfall)/Near Naples,  FL (2nd landfall)

Who could forget hurricane Andrew which was CAT 5 hurricane that made landfall on August 24 1992 and had wind speeds measured at 145 knots arriving at Elliott Key (1st landfall)/Near Homestead (2nd landfall). Elliott Key is the northernmost of the true Florida Keys, and the largest key north of Key Largo. It is located entirely within Biscayne National Park, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, east of Homestead, Florida.


Finally Hurricane Charley a strong CAT 4 storm that made landfall on August 13 2004  with wind speeds at 130 knots  arriving in Cayo Costa (1st landfall)/Near Punta Gorda (2nd landfall). Cayo Costa is located west of Cape Coral and just north of North Captiva Island.


Punta Gorda,FL.,Aug. 16, 2004–Aerial image of destroyed homes in Punta Gorda, following hurricane Charley. FEMA Photo/Andrea Booher

Could Hurricane Matthew become part of this family of multiple landfall hurricanes? It certainly looks like it could but there is still a lot of uncertainty at the moment. What we do know is the time to take action is NOW.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Alan Lakein