At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Severe Weather Outlook
Over the next couple of days and into the weekend, our partners over at the National Weather Service expect above normal temperatures to continue across the Great Basin, Rockies, Southwest and California. While those areas will be seeing a bit of a heat wave, flooding is possible in other places around the country. Portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota are expected to see high water levels, so make sure to follow your local conditions if you are near bodies of water.
Photo of the Week
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the past week. For more photos, head over to our Photo Library.
In Case You Missed It
We’ve seen an active wildfire season across the country. I came across this great blog post from our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture about how homeowners can take steps to reduce the chances of a fire damaging your property. The bottom line: individuals can make their home safer if they live in an area that’s susceptible to wildfires. It’s a powerful message. Here’s an excerpt:
“People who live in a wildland-urban interface often forget or disregard the wildland fire cycles and dangers” said Tom Harbour, Fire and Aviation Management director. “We need homeowners to understand that they can make a difference by making their homes defensible from wildfire.”
Matt Cyrus knows the personal and professional benefits of taking precautionary measures to protect a home before a fire. Ironically, Cyrus, a captain with the Cloverdale (Oregon) Fire Protection District, was the first responder on the scene of a fire on his property. But he felt he had less to worry about because he had prepared for many years to defend his property against fire. The fire burned as expected but did not harm his home.
So how did he do it?
Look closely at a firewise property such as Cyrus’ and you will see a common theme: defensible space stretching at least 100 feet from a structure and in some cases a couple of hundred feet. These firewise yards are surrounded by grass, rock or evergreen ground cover, and in some instances even dirt. This “empty space” creates an area of land where the high intensity heat has nothing to burn, compared to a home surrounded by trees, bushes, sheds and other combustible items.
Video of the Week
New York's beaches reopen for the 2013 summer season seven months after Hurricane Sandy.
Have a great and safe weekend!