Joplin’s Amazing Recovery Less Than Five Years Later

  • January 12, 2016

We probably all remember the images of Joplin after one of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history carved a mile-wide scar through Joplin in 2011. It was amazing devastation that killed killed 161 people. Many wondered how it would recover. But less than five…

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Severe May Weather Costs Billions in the U.S.

  • June 18, 2014

Four weeks of severe weather in May affected the United States with aggregate insured losses exceeding USD 2.2 billion. Overall economic losses were at least USD3.5 billion, with large hail and damaging winds the primary driver of the thunderstorm related costs. And that was during…

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New Use for Drones? Predicting Tornadoes!

  • May 1, 2014

This past week has given us two days of violent weather that has killed at least 30 people in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and the storms are forecast to continue. It is an average of fourteen minutes between when a city or town gets a…

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Explore Tornados Across the US With A New Interactive Map

  • March 27, 2014

The Smithsonian Magazine has a very cool interactive map feature describing all of the tornadoes across the United States since 1980. As all thoughts turn to Spring, especially after such a brutal winter for many, others begin to think of something else. In the central…

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Joplin recovery bill now $1 billion since 2011 tornado

  • March 13, 2014

Now, approximately 34 months later, Joplin and Duquesne have broken through a barrier that looked a long way off on the evening of May 22, 2011. As of this month, Joplin has spent $998 million in repairs and new construction to recover from the massive…

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Five Tornado Myths Dispelled – Great Reading!

  • May 25, 2013

I am fascinated by tornadoes!  Perhaps it is the fact that I live in earthquake country and we don’t have many of them in San Francisco California or the fact I have been an emergency manager for 31 years – OK, maybe its both! I…

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