As Tropical Storm Isaac is currently hitting Key West Florida, I had a friend remind me that exactly one year ago today Irene was causing power outages and flooding throughout Southeastern PA.
the Mayor of Hatboro PA had to declare a weather emergency and even with this declaration there were many people still caught by surprise.
Why is this you ask?
We are prone to the simple fact that we rarely have bad weather and it is easy in our busy schedules to not pay attention to the news. Hopefully with more people getting smartphones and have access to email, they have set up some kind of local news or weather alert so that they receive critical information from many available news sources. Many business were affected by this storm due to power outages, downed trees and street flooding.
We are currently in an active time for the hurricane season, it is a good time to think about being prepared.
Here is my 2011 Weather Year in review Summary: http://climatedriver.blogspot.com/2011/12/looking-back-at-2011s-weather.html
Hurricane Irene Wind Force Map