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Author: Lars Anderson
We’re closely watching Tropical Storm Debby as she continues to make predicting her path difficult due to conflicting forecast models based on computer simulations.  With their latest forecast, officials have indicated that this is a very difficult and highly uncertain forecast.  Because of this uncertainty, we are urging residents all along the Gulf to be focusing on their preparedness efforts. The Administration, through FEMA and our federal, state and local partners is closely monitoring the storm and its potential impacts.  We remain in close contact with emergency...
Posted On: June 24, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Today’s 5:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center has officially marked the development of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico with estimated winds speed of 50 MPH and moving slowly in a northerly direction. We’re continuing to monitor the weather situation in the tropics through our regional offices in both Atlanta, Ga., and Denton, Texas, and here at headquarters. We are prepared to support our state, local, tribal and territorial partners as necessary.The storm is located 220 miles South-Southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in...
Posted On: June 23, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
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. June 22, 2012 - Satellite photo from the National Hurricane Center showing an area of low pressure organizing near the Gulf of Mexico.Storm activity near the Gulf of Mexico Earlier this week, the first hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season formed (Hurricane Chris), but you may not have heard much about it since it wasn’t a threat to the U.S. or its territories....
Posted On: June 22, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Editor's Note: This blog was updated at 3:40 p.m.   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.High Wildfire Activity Continues Last week, we mentioned the threat of potential wildfires – unfortunately, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming are all experiencing fire outbreaks that are ongoing. We continue to closely monitor the wildfire activity from our regional offices in Denver...
Posted On: June 15, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
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 Yesterday, severe storms and tornadoes swept through the Rocky Mountain region, specifically affecting Colorado and Wyoming. We continue to closely monitor the situation as our partners at the state, local and tribal levels coordinate the response efforts. Over the weekend, we will be closely watching another line of potentially severe storms that could affect...
Posted On: June 8, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
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. Weekend potential for severe weather I don’t know about you, but the four-day work week went fast. As we move into the weekend, our regional and D.C. offices are monitoring potential severe weather, including a storm system moving through the mid-Atlantic states this evening. Across other parts of the U.S., the National Weather Service is forecasting a wet weekend for those in...
Posted On: June 1, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As I wrote in yesterday’s blog about monitoring Beryl, FEMA remains in close coordination with our partners at the National Hurricane Center in tracking what is now Tropical Storm Beryl.On a more personal note, I just happen to be in the Daytona Beach area this weekend visiting family, and I am very appreciative of the information that is coming from state and local officials as it pertains to Beryl’s expected landfall. When it comes to severe weather and the aftermath they leave behind, FEMA always advises individuals to closely monitor the advice of local officials. The latest forecast...
Posted On: May 27, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Each year the Atlantic tropical season begins on June 1. Generally speaking, any given year during the Memorial Day weekend, employees at FEMA are “thinking” about the upcoming hurricane season…not actually “monitoring” a tropical system. However, this year we haven’t even reached June 1, and we’re already monitoring the second storm of the year. Late yesterday, the tropics developed Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl.Because of the development of Beryl and the expected track, the National Weather Service has issued tropical storm watches and warning for areas of the southeast. The advisories are for...
Posted On: May 26, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
On this Memorial Day, as we do every year, we remember and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  Administrator Fugate’s Memorial Day video message below offers thanks and gratitude to those serving in our armed forces as we reflect on this cherished day. 
Posted On: May 25, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Extreme (and not so extreme) swings in the weather occur all the time. We often experience warm days in the winter and cold days in the summer.  So I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised when Mother Nature decides to launch her first tropical storm thirteen days in advance of the scheduled start of hurricane season (June 1).Yesterday gave up the first tropical system for the Atlantic season with the formation of Tropical Storm Alberto off the South Carolina Coast.As of this afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center, the center of the storm is located 90 miles southeast of...
Posted On: May 20, 2012