Caleb Tennis In like a lion: tornado season

March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Here we are at the beginning of March. This winter has been the most mild I can recall in Indiana history. I didn’t even shovel snow once this season.

On Feb 29th, the high temperature at Data Cave was 66 degrees. That warm spell was kicked off with two lines of thunderstorms that came during a 12 hour period, which created tornado and thunderstorm warnings in Southern Indiana and Northwestern Kentucky.

Three days later, on Fri Mar 2nd, most of Indiana is under a severe weather alert. Northern Kentucky, including Louisville, is a 6/6 on the tornado probability scale. There are reports that a tornado touched down in Southern Indiana near Henryville as well. The red patches on the radar overwhelm everything else.

NOAA Radar from March 2nd

If there’s one thing that’s evident about midwest weather, it’s that the thunderstorms are becoming more and more violent. Today’s line was the first of the year, and a reminder and wakeup call for just how powerful mother nature can be. Storms are predicted again Tuesday of next week. It’s going to be a busy season.

With all of this in mind, it’s the perfect time to be thinking: is your data center prepared? Any halfway decent facility will be prepared for power outages. But is yours protected from lightning strikes? Transient surges?¬†Tornados?

What about your office building? Are your records properly backed up off site? Is that facility far enough away to be safe if something major happens to your primary site?

These are the questions you should be asking, and reasking, at least every year. The beginning of storm season is the perfect time to revisit it.

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