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Are You Prepared for El Nino? What You Need To Know About This Winter’s Weather & Mass Communications

2 minute read - Posted by Daniel Wagstaff on Aug 5, 2015 3:10:17 PM

El Nino Expected to Effect Winter Weather This Year

According to a report1 published on August 3rd by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), El Nino conditions are here and are very likely here to stay through next spring. Since it’s been nearly twenty years since most of us have heard the term, here’s a little refresher.

El Nino is the warm phase of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) weather phenomenon and is associated with a warming of sea surface temperatures across the Pacific Ocean. The excess heat gets absorbed into the atmosphere and disrupts normal weather patterns. The last “very strong” El Nino period was in 1997-98 and impacted many parts of the United States with unusual extremes.

During the 1997-98 El Nino warming period2:

  • the second warmest and seventh wettest winter was recorded since 1895
  • severe flooding occurred in the southeast United States
  • severe ice storms occurred in the northeast United States
  • increased flooding occurred in California
  • increased tornadoes occurred in Florida

Although this year’s El Nino is currently predicted to be less severe than the late ninety’s period it could end up being just as strong. The severity is yet to be determined but it is very likely, El Nino will have an effect on this year’s weather including increased flooding throughout the United States3. Although additional rainfall could be a silver lining for California, which is currently battling wildfires, heavy rains could create mudslides, flash and overbank floods as well as coastal flooding in many parts of the United States.

So, why am I blogging about El Nino? And what does it have to do with communications? Our mass notification system, RedFlag, is a communications tool with convenience and reliability specifically built in for situations that this year’s El Nino could create.

How does your organization plan on communicating during a flood? What about a hurricane? Or tornado? Do you shrug off these weather threats because they are not typical in your area? Of course we prepare for the expected — for the things we know are coming — but its preparing for the unexpected that will keep our employees, tenants and customers as well as our property safer in the event of an unusual circumstance.

RedFlag’s cloud-based platform is the key feature in being able to communicate during a weather related event. No matter where you go, RedFlag goes with you — giving you the power to communicate from anywhere.

If you’re unsure how your current communication system will hold up during an El Nino related extreme weather situation — or during any unexpected event — give us a call today at 877-840-2444 or visit www.pocketstop.com to live chat and we can show you the benefits of using the RedFlag mass notification system.

1 http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf

2 http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/techrpts/tr9802/tr9802.pdf

3 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/24/kostigen-rivers-flooding/30612343/

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