Though prediction modeling has significantly improved with the advent of modern technology, weather forecasting is still the quintessential inexact science. Experts may have more data than ever to analyze, but forecasting the weather still boils down to an educated guess. Take the path of a tornado, for example. Weather forecasters can pick up on atmospheric conditions consistent with the formation of a tornado. It’s impossible to predict exactly if, when, or where one will develop. Likewise, hurricanes can shift and reverse course at a moment’s notice.
It’s that level of unpredictability that prompts utilities to develop comprehensive storm response plans. Whether you’re planning for catastrophic weather, those mid-summer thunderstorms that knock out the power for hours, or an accumulation of ice that wreaks havoc on multiple types of utilities, preparing well in advance for weather can help to reduce the duration of outages. Here are four steps to take to ensure you’re ready. (more…)