Weather Alert

May 10, 2024 Weather Alert

NATIONAL ISSUED “SEVERE (G4) GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH”  05102024.0077

  • A Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is in effect. Seven (7) earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) were observed and expected to arrive as early as later today and persist through the weekend. This is an unusual event.
  • The flares are associated with a large and magnetically complex sunspot cluster (NOAA region 3664), at least 17 times the diameter of Earth. Additional solar activity from this region is expected.
  • Possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems will mistakenly trip out key assets from the grid. There may also be impacts to HF/VHF communication, GPS, satellite navigation, and other technologies.
  • Weather permitting, aurora may be visible as far south as Alabama and northern California, though overcast skies appear likely for Central Pennsylvania.
  • Only three Severe geomagnetic storms have been observed during this solar cycle, which began in December 2019. The last G4 (Severe) was a short-lived event on March 23, 2024, and the last G5 (Extreme) occurred with the Halloween Storms in October 2003. That G5 resulted in power outages in Sweden and damaged power transformers in South Africa.  

Wm. Dennis Buttorff
Emergency Manager
West Branch Emergency Management Association, Inc.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event

Starting this year, the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority will be sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event on an annual basis.

This free event will typically be held on a Saturday during the summer months and will enable residents to properly dispose of hazardous chemicals that could otherwise contaminate our environment.

The 2024 Houschold Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event will be held on July 20th, at our Recycling Center in Wayne Township.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Thresa Lingenfelter at 570-769-6977.

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Click for Fire Risk Info:

NOTICE: The currently posted fire risk level is ONLY updated when the level changes.

Fire Danger is expressed using these levels

LOW – Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or light fuels.

MODERATE – Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low.

HIGH – All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes.

VERY HIGH – Fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity.

EXTREME – Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

DCNR Wildfire Information:

Wildfires in Pennsylvania

The greatest danger of wildfires in Pennsylvania occurs during the spring months of March, April, and May, and the autumn months of October and November. In Pennsylvania, 99 percent of all wildfires are caused by people.

Certain conditions are necessary for a wildfire to occur:

  • An available fuel source, such as dried grass or leaves
  • Dry conditions, including low relative humidity
  • An ignition source — some way for the fire to start

The first two factors occur most frequently in Pennsylvania during spring and autumn. As the spring sun climbs higher in the sky, days become longer and warmer.

The trees are bare during this time, allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor, warming the ground, and drying surface fuels.

Coupled with strong and dry spring winds, this leads to a tremendous amount of combustible fuels.

During autumn, leaves turn color and begin to fall, accumulating in a deep, fluffy layer that creates a fire hazard.

The third factor, an ignition source, also frequently occurs during these periods.

STOP THIS INVADER!

THIS INVASIVE, DESTRUCTIVE PEST POSES A SIGNIFICANT THREAT to Pennsylvania’s economy and environment!

REPORT spotted lanternfly sightings at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

DESTROY all life stages that you find. Check your car and outdoor equipment before traveling

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