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More Snow, but Could This be the End?

March 3, 2015 11:34 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems like I have written these words dozens of times since the winter started and it looks as though I will have to write them at least one more time: more snow is coming to the Northeastern United States.  

Boston Inches Away from New Snowfall Record

March 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing...

Death Toll from Afghan Avalanche Continues to Rise

March 2, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a massive avalanche in a...

Even Southern California Can't Escape Snow

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | News | Comments

The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a...

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Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The heavy snowstorms, which began early Tuesday, hampered rescue efforts.

More Harsh Winter Weather in South, Record Snow in Boston

February 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit much of the South on Wednesday.  Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents Throughout U.S. Coping with Winter Weather

February 18, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jonathan Drew and Meredith Somers, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the South, the storm that dumped a foot of snow in some places was only the beginning. Low temperatures gripped the region Wednesday, freezing and refreezing the snow and ice and making the roads as hazardous as they were during the height of the storm. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days. The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are piled high.

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New Restrictions Considered as Drought Continues in California

February 18, 2015 1:54 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.  The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an informational hearing Tuesday as it considers extending and expanding mandatory water-use rules.

Snow Causing Massachusetts Roofs to Collapse

February 18, 2015 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roofs across eastern Massachusetts are collapsing or buckling under the weight of several feet of snow, but no major injuries have been reported.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it has received 74 reports of roof collapses since Feb. 9.

Mid-Atlantic, South Hit by Ice Storm

February 17, 2015 11:42 am | by Jonathan Drew and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

A snow and ice storm blasted parts of the Mid-Atlantic and the South on Tuesday, creating treacherous road conditions and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.  Officials urged people to stay off the roads in several states, but wrecks were reported along slick streets.

Japanese Earthquakes Trigger Tsunami Warning

February 17, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquakes with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and 5.7 struck the Pacific off northeastern Japan on Tuesday, with slight tidal waves observed in some coastal areas following the first temblor.  The coastal areas of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were devastated on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific off the northeastern Japan areas, and caused a massive deadly tsunami.

Winter Weather Causing New York Town to 'Give Up' on Tourism

February 17, 2015 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead.  Ithaca and the rest of upstate New York have been in the grips of a snowy and brutally cold winter. The most recent cold snap sent temperatures plunging as low as 28 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks.

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Even More Snow in the Forecast for New England

February 12, 2015 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way.  Forecasters also are watching a much larger storm that could dump higher amounts Sunday into Monday. It's too early to say how much that might ultimately bring.

Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 250 Residents in California

February 9, 2015 3:02 pm | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fire crews increased containment of the wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, but they said that they still didn't know when the roughly 250 residents evacuated from Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise would be able to return home.

Can a Business be 'Over Prepared?'

February 5, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It might seem as if one can never be too prepared for a disaster, but being prepared takes time and costs money, something that many business continuity professionals are searching for more, not less of.  BC pros need to plan for a wide range of events, from weather to cyber to workplace violence, but can it be taken too far?

Pompeii Closed to Public After Landslide

February 5, 2015 10:18 am | News | Comments

Heavy rains have provoked landslide at the ancient Italian site of Pompeii, partially collapsing a retaining wall and sending rubble into a garden at the house of Severus.  Italian officials said the affected area falls within the "Great Pompeii" joint EU-Italian restoration project and had been already closed to the public.

Winter Weather Brings Snow, Frigid Temperatures to Much of Northern United States

February 3, 2015 11:28 am | by Philip Marcelo and Denise Lavoie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frigid temperatures descended on the northern tier of the country, and while it's not the coldest weather of the season, the biting chill followed a powerful snowstorm from the Midwest into the Northeast.  According to the National Weather Service, people from Montana to Maine are dealing with sub-zero wind chill temperatures.

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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well.  Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss to get defensive, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents wondering where the much-hyped snow went.

More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard.  Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.

Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient and avoid downtime, particularly during weather events.  The benefits of being able to work without being in the office are clear and are a simple way to show the benefits of business continuity to senior management.

Dunes May Have Prevented Severe Damage from Sandy

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them.

About 100 Homes Underwater Due to Heavy Rain in Sarajevo

January 20, 2015 11:14 am | by Aida Cerkez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy overnight rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the Sarajevo area on Monday and flood homes in the suburbs for the fifth time in the past 20 months.  In central Bosnia, the river Bosna is reaching a critical level and rain has caused at least three landslides. Several roads were closed.  Rain is expected to continue to fall for the rest of the week.

At Least 14 Dead After Tropical Storm in Madagascar

January 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 14 people were killed when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said.  Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management. Most of the deaths were a result of landslides caused by heavy rain and building collapses as strong winds tore roofs from houses.

FEMA's PrepareAthon Discussed at ACP Meeting

January 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York.  The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.  

Flooding in Mozambique Kills 10, Displaces 20,000

January 16, 2015 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

eavy flooding in Mozambique has killed 10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more, the government disaster management office said.  Mozambique's government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground.

Extreme Cold Hammers Most of the United States

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.

Divers Continue Search for Black Box

January 9, 2015 8:54 am | by Achmad Ibrahim, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Strong currents and blinding silt thwarted divers' attempt to find AirAsia Flight 8501's black boxes, which are believed to still be in the recently discovered tail of the crashed plane.  The flight data and cockpit voice recorders are crucial to helping determine what caused the jet carrying 162 passengers and crew to vanish on Dec. 28, halfway into a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Experts to Test Early Warning Trackers at Seahawks Game

January 9, 2015 8:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquake trackers are adding instruments at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to record expected vibrations from jumping and stomping Seahawks fans.  Scientists are using the stadium monitors to look for problems they might encounter with a real earthquake. They're also testing technology that could provide an early warning of underground shaking.

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