Flood Watch in Effect for Washington County and Surrounding Areas

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Saturday morning, as flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be possible. Widespread rainfall totals of 1-3 inches are expected through tonight, with localized totals up to 4 inches. This may lead to localized instances of flooding. Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,Continue reading “Flood Watch in Effect for Washington County and Surrounding Areas”

A large solar storm could knock out the power grid and the internet – an electrical engineer explains how

On Sept. 1 and 2, 1859, telegraph systems around the world failed catastrophically. The operators of the telegraphs reported receiving electrical shocks, telegraph paper catching fire, and being able to operate equipment with batteries disconnected. During the evenings, the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights, could be seen as far south as Colombia. Typically, these lights are only visible at higher latitudes, in northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia.