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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who plan to take at least one flight this summer, take heart: you are remarkably well protected from weather during your flight, especially considering the risks that U.S. passengers faced not that long ago. From the 1970s to the 1990s, more than 800 fliers perished in U.S. commercial airline crashes that were linked to microbursts, small but intense downdrafts generated by thunderstorms. It took years of persistence from scientists to raise awareness of the issue and solve the problem. But solve it they did--and it has now been nearly 22 years since a single U.S. passenger has died in a microburst-related incident.
It is not, therefore, that we need to find a magical nugget of political will, a champion, courage, but rather we need to understand what is needed for political will to evolve to the point that change can occur.
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Doug Stracener [Prairieville, Louisiana]
It’s difficult to find a starting point for Doug Stracener’s interest in meteorology. So let’s just start at the beginning. He was...
Recently Panasonic made a bold claim that they have developed a weather prediction model that can rival the GFS or European model.
"Wait a minute, doesn't Panasonic make my TV or stereo?" ...
Jessica Katz, friend of Portlight Disaster Relief, is celebrating her July 15th birthday by asking friends and family to donate to Portlight. The money raised will go to fulfill immediate needs of disaster survivors with disabilities. It will also be used to support deployment of volunteers to ensure accessibility of all disaster services, including those provided by Red Cross.
The remnants of Hurricane Linda will track toward southern California in addition to a deepening trough. This will allow for a moist, upslope flow to provide the first widespread rain of the fall season across the region.
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