How NOT to get a Heart Attack while Shoveling Snow

How NOT to get a Heart Attack while Shoveling Snow

It’s true. Shoveling snow can trigger a heart attack. Are there things you can do to lower the risk of heart attack while shoveling snow? Yes, there are. Especially for the middle aged and older, take these precautions… What Causes a Heart Attack while Shoveling Snow 1. It can be the SUDDEN burst of heavy…

Severe Thunderstorm, My Radar App, and a Weather Alert Radio

Severe Thunderstorm, My Radar App, and a Weather Alert Radio

So, late yesterday afternoon we got clobbered with a severe thunderstorm. The kind with frequent lightning, torrential rain, and very strong wind. I’m writing about it because it taught me a new lesson (something I already knew, but didn’t take action due to normalcy bias). Here’s the short story… I’m a bit of a weather…

Wicked Cold! It’s So Cold That…

Wicked Cold! It’s So Cold That…

It’s so cold that you have to break the smoke off your chimney. It’s so cold that when I put on my coat to take out the garbage it didn’t want to go. It’s so cold that your eyes freeze shut when you blink. It’s so cold that we had to chisel the dog off…

California Fires Are Wakeup Call For Preparedness

California Fires Are Wakeup Call For Preparedness

California fires are burning down everything in their path. Towns, neighborhoods and businesses have been burnt to the ground. While looking at images of the devastation it looks like a war zone. As of this posting 3,500 structures have been destroyed, 23 people have been killed, 285 remain missing, and 170,000 acres have been scorched…

Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

Full Size image   Tornadoes occur mostly in the United States. On average, 1,200 tornadoes cause 1,500 injuries and 65 fatalities per year in the U.S. (source: spc.noaa.gov) Here’s more about “tornado alley”, tornado facts, and how they form:   Also, a question for you… For those who live with the threat of tornadoes, do…

Meteor Crater Near Winslow Arizona A Reminder Of Asteroid Impact Dangers

Meteor Crater Near Winslow Arizona A Reminder Of Asteroid Impact Dangers

Meteor Crater: Winslow, Arizona (full size image)   Wow, just wow… We recently visited the meteor crater near Winslow, Arizona (for the purpose of this post!) and it was an awesome visual reminder of the devastating potential from asteroids (becoming meteors when they enter our atmosphere) smashing into our planet.

Tornado Preparedness – What You Should Do If…

Tornado Preparedness – What You Should Do If…

Preparedness for a tornado. During many months of the year, a large portion of the United States is at risk for tornadoes – as evidenced in the map above which shows tornado tracks from 1950 through 2011. Given the potentially massive destructive power of a tornado, the best preparedness is that of awareness (more about…

When You Lose Power For A Week And Temps Are Below Freezing

When You Lose Power For A Week And Temps Are Below Freezing

If you live in a climate where winter temperatures readily fall below freezing, you have special concerns (or at least you should) about what you would do if you lost power for a week. Your biggest concern will probably (rapidly) become HEAT, more specifically the lack thereof… What will you do?

Why You Should Only Burn Seasoned Firewood

Why You Should Only Burn Seasoned Firewood

With winter approaching and cooler weather upon us, people are beginning to load their their wood stoves with firewood. Hopefully they have purchased (or procured themselves) wood from early this year or last year, so that it has had a chance to dry out (‘season’). Burning wet wood or only partially seasoned wood in your…

Tornado Myths

Tornado Myths

There are many myths about tornadoes. Do any of these sound familiar?