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Good Weather Dominates

When good weather is in the news — that is news.

While it has only been less than a week, the United States is having a respite from awful weather that dominated the continent just a few days ago.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, portions of Oregon took it on the nose with snow, freezing rain and massive power outages. Trees down everywhere, icy roads impacting productivity. No trash pickup, schools closed, food spoilage as the power was out for a week or more in many places.

The same weather system swept across the nation, providing severe weather and extremely cold temperatures.

Today, the sun is shining where I'm sitting. People are doing their best to get things back on track. School systems will need to adjust their schedules since most don't plan for that many snow days in the school year. Sorry kids, it is likely school will be extended into June!

We should all enjoy this calm before the next series of storms that are sure to come. As we get further into spring, tornadoes will become much more likely across broad swaths of the country.

As for me, while I walked in the rain yesterday (it is the Pacific Northwest, you know), I'm looking forward to ditching the umbrella for at least one day. Tomorrow the forecast is 90 percent chance of rain.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.