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Weather Forecast & Predictions

10/11/2018
For businesses in regions that can be impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, there are few things more agonizing to deal with than a major hurricane warning. In addition to your normal day-to-day business tasks, keeping an eye on trajectory and intensity of a storm can put you on an emotional rollercoaster. As we were writing this post, the forecast for hurricane Michael was taking shape with predictions that it would make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane near the big bend of Florida....
10/09/2018
After a brief pause in intensification Monday night, Michael is continuing to strengthen in intensity. It's currently a Category 2 hurricane, and all signs point to it intensifying into a Category 3 hurricane by later in the day on Tuesday (10/9). The westerly shear that put a pause on its development last night looks to have waned, and the system is becoming more symmetrical based on the latest satellite imagery. Michael's central pressure is also continuing to slowly fall - an...
09/17/2018
Most importantly, our thoughts go out to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. As this storm continues to bear down on North and South Carolina with heavy rain and wind, we went ahead and asked Dr. Phil Klotzbach to sit down and discuss what he's seeing with this storm's progression and what more we can expect in the coming days. Watch Now:  About the Author: Dr. Phil Klotzbach has received national and international attention for his work in researching weather patterns and...
09/13/2018
Although Florence has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane, this storm is certainly still a very serious threat for the North Carolina coast. The National Hurricane Center is highlighting the chances of up to 40 inches of rain in localized areas, with a large area of 20+ inches of rain possible. The primary reason that Florence is going to be such a prolific rainmaker is that the storm is forecast to slow down as it approaches the coast. It will then drift slowly westward as it weakens. While it...
09/10/2018
Following a very quiet August, the Atlantic season has really ramped up in September with three hurricanes churning across the ocean at the moment: Florence, Helene and Isaac. In addition, in the North Central Pacific, Hurricane Olivia is currently a Category 1 hurricane headed toward Hawaii, although it is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm before impacting the island chain. By far, the biggest immediate concern to the United States is Hurricane Florence, which has rapidly intensified to a...
08/20/2018
Coming off the heels of the 2017 hurricane season, the 2018 forecast for a below-average season is a relief. But just because this season’s forecast "only" calls for five hurricanes total, and one major hurricane, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to let down your guard. One major storm is all it takes to wreak havoc in your community and business.  Just consider that two major storms were predicted at the start of the 2017 season,1 which ended with three of...
08/06/2018
If you live in one of the Great Plains states, then you know just how fast the pouring rain from a thunderstorm can add up. And the more thunderstorms you see, the more you need to pay attention to the impact they may be having on your building. After all, no building is 100% waterproof and if there is a way for water to get in, it will—whether or not you notice it. This blog explores why it’s important to look for leaks after thunderstorms along with three things to remember to...
08/02/2018
Colorado State University (CSU) issued its final update to their Atlantic seasonal hurricane forecast today, August 2, and call for a below-average remainder of the hurricane season. Their final forecast is for a total of 12 named storms (including the three named storms that have already formed), 5 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane (winds >= 111 mph; Category 3+ on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale). The average hurricane season has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. While the...
07/31/2018
First and foremost, our best wishes go out to all of the people, families and businesses affected by the wildfires throughout the country. With the summer continuing to be hot and dry in many areas, we thought it would be worth compiling a few of our preparedness tips to keep your home and business safe from fire during summer’s hottest months. In addition, we have listed national resources as well. Interstate Preparedness Resources: Summer Heat Records and Business Fire Safety: What You...
05/31/2018
The updated 2018 seasonal Atlantic forecast was released just this morning and experts at Colorado State University are now calling for an "approximately average" hurricane season. But average still means storm activity. In fact, an average year constitutes six hurricanes and two major hurricanes and which means it's still in your best interest to be prepared regardless of the changing forecasts. Whether the U.S. ends up with one hurricane making landfall or six big storms,...