Dashboard

The dashboard gives links to entries on this site for current events, past events, and a set of resources for anticipating potential hazards in the upcoming days. It's designed as a page you can bookmark and come back to to find out about current and potential upcoming events. Also check out the resources section which list generally useful resources for different kinds of event (wildfire, earthquake, etc) and the home page for the latest blog entries.

CURRENT EVENTS


PAST EVENTS

Boulder Canyon (Dome) WildfireNew Zealand EarthquakeBoulder Colorado Four Mile Canyon WildfireSan Bruno Gas ExplosionLoveland Colorado WildfireHurricane IgorHurricane JuliaHurricane KarlNew Zealand 2011 earthquakeVirginia EarthquakeHurricane KatiaHurricane Sandy

UPCOMING HAZARDS

Space Weather. We are now in a solar cycle with increased sunspot activity. Resulting solar flares can lead to Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) from the sun which when they reach the earth a few days later can disturb the Earth's magnetic field. The plot shows estimates of the Kp index, which is a measure of this disturbance. A Kp of 5 or greater indicates a geomagnetic storm. If the disturbance is strong enough (probably 8 or 9 on the scale) then major power and communications disruptions can occur. For more see this quick guide



Earthquakes. The map on the left shows the location of recent earthquakes in the US, colored by time and sized by the magnitude of the quake. It is produced by the USGS (you can find a live  map here). More information and earthquake resources can be found on the Resource page

















Hurricanes. The map on the left shows current active storms, as well as circled areas of development that are being monitored (yellow = less than 30% chance of tropical storm formation, orange=30-50% and red over 50%). More information and forecast products can be found on the National Hurricane Center page, and more resources for tracking active hurricanes can be found in the resources section of this website.







Severe Weather. The map on the left shows areas where thunderstorms are forecast today, with sub-areas indicating slight, medium or high risk of severe thunderstorms. A medium or high risk area indicates the possibility of a significant severe weather outbreak. Projected on top is doppler radar, plus depictions of any current weather watches. On the Storm Prediction Center site you can also find outlooks for tomorrow and the day after, as well as many other resources.




Wildfire. The map on the left shows the risk of wildfire today. Yellow, orange and red represent areas of high, very high and extreme risk respectively. Also check the fire weather forecast from your local forecast office, and the resources section of this website for more tools for tracking wildfires.