Live blog for KS/TX/OK Severe Weather event on November 16, 2015
Here are four reasons why the most successful companies in the world engage in vigorous, ongoing marketing efforts:
Was lucky enough to visit Central Park this year during the peak of fall foliage. Plenty of incredible colors throughout, highlighted by street performers and plenty of people watching.
Spent the week in NYC at a conference and had some time to get out and about and act like a tourist. Fabulous city but it wears me smooth out every time I visit.
Someone is gonna see four inches of rain (or more) in Oklahoma between late Wednesday and Saturday. This is very welcome news as wildfire potential is on an upswing at the moment and drought is creeping back into the state:
Below are some self explanatory maps regarding the rain anticipated over the next few days. These maps indicate total rainfall for the period:
Whether you have a product or service idea or simply want to sell someone else's, now is the time to start a business and you can do it all from right where you sit.
WDT's WeatherOps team has partnered with the #43 car driven by Aric Almirola and owned by Richard Petty Motorsports.
Sure, social media still has a grip on business but questionable advertising practices as well as platforms restricting the access of brands to their own followers has turned off many marketers.
Of course there's a lot of chatter about amendments to the UIGEA to make illegal, the gambling on fantasy sports. Meanwhile FanDuel and DraftKings both recently wrapped funding rounds near $300 million apiece from venture sources.
This has to be the most commonly muttered statement after leaving a meeting. But meetings are a necessary evil, right? We've all sat in them, slept in them, and played Candy Crush in them.
Here's how to fix them.
There's a lot of ridiculous advice available out there regarding the conduction of a meeting that doesn't suck. It's hogwash - forget it. There is one key thing you can do for any-size meeting to ensure a productive gathering of your peers:
Make a freaking agenda
Meetings are created for the purpose of disseminating information or making decisions. Agendas do not have to be formal, pretty, or extravagant. All they need to be is complete and organized. The most important portion of any agenda? A hard start and stop time.
Agendas Set The Right Tone: Meeting agendas let participants know that there’s a legitimate business purpose for meeting, with specific issues to be discussed and outcomes to be achieved. It conveys your interest in getting down to business and not wasting time.
Agendas Identify Topics For Discussion: Let attendees know what issues are going to be discussed, eliminating guesswork as to whether or not a particular issue is going to be discussed.
Agendas Keep Everyone Focused: Meeting agendas can focus participants in ways that verbal guidance cannot. Participants have a written reminder of what needs to be accomplished during the meeting, allowing them to help drive each discussion toward conclusion.
Agendas Eliminate Excuses: Agendas introduced in advance of a meeting eliminates excuses that participants aren’t ready to discuss a subject because they didn’t know it would be brought up. Participants are put on notice of exactly what they need to prepare, saving time and eliminating embarrassment.
The effort you invest in checking references carefully will likely be repaid many times over in the long run.
Who's ready for cooler weather? A cold front will cool late afternoon temperatures on Wednesday into the upper 60's across much of the state and we'll see lows in the high 50's Wednesday night!
Love him or hate him, The Donald has created a masterful marketing plan; I just wonder: did he know it would go this way?
No doubt at some point in the next couple of weeks, a reporter at your local news station will demonstrate the ability to bake cookies inside a car or fry an egg on the sidewalk. After all, it's the hottest time of the year in the US and a slow news day calls for such experiments, right?
Thought I would share a few photos from the San Diego zoo. What a sprawling complex this place is with over 100 acres of land dedicated to open air caging and natural habitats.
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats.
Just flew into DIA in one of those crazy little regional jets United operates. Dodged these storms throughout the approach.
This image found in WDT's iMap Pro product is taken in the infrared band of light and shows relative warmth of objects. Lower layers of clouds, generally warmer and lower in altitude, are colored gray. Colder and generally higher clouds tops are highlighted in colors. Infrared imagery is useful for determining cloud features both at day and night.
Below is a quick timeline of the SPC outlooks from the past four updates. So far no tornadoes have occurred in the 10% hatched area but they are occurring elsewhere in the country. Way elsewhere.
The state-level weather hashtag is dead. What/who killed it? Twitterbots created by people who believe they are doing something grand for public safety by rebroadcasting every possible official weather product with a state level hashtag. It's asinine. Here's why:
At one time, following a state-level weather hashtag resulted in quality information. The primary problem then was people retweeting an informative or interesting tweet while leaving the original hashtag intact, creating clutter. That clutter was manageable...
Here is my timeline as I write this:
And the kicker is these accounts have minimal followers, very, very few retweets, and are truly just there taking up space:
The only recourse you have as a Twitter user is to report/block/mute bot accounts. Here's a quick look at how to do so:
I hate that something so well-intentioned has turned into a useless feed of nonsense and that the nonsense has propagated across all weather-related hashtags. Perhaps with a little bit of pushback, these will eventually go away.
On July 6, 2015, at 10:40:23 pm lightning struck at the marina where my wife and I dock our boat. Because we have that investment on the water there, I have the asset monitored via WDT's WeatherOps system.