Friday, April 29, 2011

Warming Earth = Bigger Tornadoes/Hurricanes

Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel said it tonight: A Warmer Earth means more energy that translates into bigger storms--like the record 450+ tornadoes we had in April --killing over 300 people. These are the strongest storms since 1966!

And May is normally the really big month for tornadoes! That means we need to upgrade our building codes to withstand stronger, more destructive winds. The weakest link on every building - it's windows.

Project Safe Windows in 2004 - the study of the 2004 hurricanes that hit Florida found that buildings are destroyed once windborne debris breaks a window. The inrushing wind looks for a way out. The easy way out is to lift up the roof. The building basically blows itself apart.

With stronger winds from a warmer earth, these killer storms are going to continue killing buildings until we armoring up the windows, the weakest link. If we aren't going to take action to reduce the impact of a warming earth, we have no choice but to build stronger shelters to withstand these killers..

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Death by Tornado - Breaking Your Weakest Link

The U.S. is being beaten up by a rash of tornadoes, many F4 and F5 killers. The last batch has killed over 180 people. They were proceeded by a storm system that produced over 200 tornadoes, some multi-vortex killers.

Tornadoes are like Hurricanes - they are high wind events and they are even more efficient at hurling debris through windows. Once debris breaks a window, the air pressure goes in and searches for a way out. It basically explodes the building. Avoid the window breach and the building stands a better chance at surviving, along with its occupants.

That is what our Armor Glass security film is designed and certified to do - avoid a breach of your weakest link by debris that allows killer winds inside your structure.

One engineer whose house we installed our security film told me that he calculated that one hole in the window equals 50,000 lbs of UPLIFT on the roof! That is what a tornado is doing when it breaks your glass. It's 'game over' for the building - not to mention all the flying glass that can cut you to shreds.

Whether its burglars, solar heat, hurricanes or tornadoes, Armor Your Glass with Armor Glass. The life you save could be your family's or your own...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tornadoes Hit St. Louis Airport - How to Protect People

A tornado hit St. Louis Airport yesterday, causing injuries from flying glass, etc. Our Armor Glass safety film would have prevented those injuries from glass shrapnel.

Tornadoes are like hurricanes in that they are high wind events that throw debris through the glass, causing immediate danger of injuries or death from flying glass shards. Our film would contain the glass. On commercial buildings we bond the film to the frames adding the frame support to keep the film and glass in place even if struck with flying debris and winds of 175 mph.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Early Storm Season?

It's not even close to the June 1 kick off for our hurricane season, and already there is a low disturbance in the Atlantic!

It may come to nothing but forecasters are predicting that the EARLY part of the hurricane season will be a busy one.

Are you prepared?

Stay tuned...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Worst Killer Tornadoes in Quarter Century: Drought in Texas

Experts say the 230 tornadoes that just hit the eastern states is the worst outbreak in 25 years - a quarter century! Winds were estimated to hit up to 200 mph!

In the meantime Texas is having the worst drought since 1917. Temperatures are rising fast.

While we usually focus on hurricane and burglar protection, Armor Glass could have helped the buildings in a tornadoes path. The film can handle winds up to 175 mph - and keep glass from blowing in after a debris strike.

Once there is a breach of the glass the penetrating winds can blow apart a building - that's what "Project Safe Windows" found happened to buildings in the 2004 hurricanes that hit Florida. The film would also contain the flying glass shrapnel.

Technology makes a difference. Are you prepared? Don't get hammered without Armor Glass!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Latest Prediction on 2011 Hurricane Season: DUCK!

The latest prediction of the 2011 hurricane season has been released. Their prediction?

An "above average" season - compare the CSU prediction with AccuWeather's:, March 30: Named storms: 15. Hurricanes: 8. Major: 3

Colorado State, April 6: Named storms: 16. Hurricanes: 9. Major: 5

"The closest analogs for the 2011 setup were found to be 1955, 1996, 2006 and 2008. All except 2006 had neutral or La Nina conditions, and all but 2006 were "very active" seasons."

Those in Houston should remember 2008: Hurricane IKE, a CAT 1.

"Last year in April, the CSU team predicted 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. The actual count was 19 named storms (the third-most active season on record), 12 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes."

No hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. last year because of a "blocking high pressure" over the Atlantic. That high is missing this year...

Are you prepared?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

2011 Hurricane Season: Higher Threat to Gulf of Mexico

"Private forecaster has forecast an above-average 2011 Atlantic hurricane season with a greater threat to Gulf of Mexico oil production areas.

"We feel that this season, there will be a higher potential for impacts across the southern part of the Basin into the Gulf of Mexico during the first part of the season," said Accuweather lead metrologist Paul Pastelok. "This higher potential for impacts shift farther north into the southeast U.S. during the latter half of the season."

On the Gulf Coast, the greatest threat will be to the Texas and Louisiana coasts in the early part of the season, according to Accuweather's forecast, released on Wednesday.

For 2011, Accuweather forecast 15 named tropical storms, eight hurricanes with three of them major hurricanes of a category 3 or above on the Saffir-Simpson scale of storm intensity."

An average Atlantic hurricane season produces 10 named tropical storms, six hurricanes with two of them considered major.

The 2010 season was very active with 19 named storms, 12 hurricanes and five major hurricanes, none of which struck the U.S. coast line.

Pastelok said the United States was unlikely to be spared for a second year.

"It looks like we're going to have more impact on the mainland of the U.S. coming up this year compared to last year," he said. "We had a lot of storms last year, but not a lot of impact (on the U.S.)."

The main factors affecting this year's forecast are the positions of high pressure systems over the Azores and Bermuda, a weakening La Nina system in the Pacific, dust coming off Africa and sea-surface temperatures.

The La Nina anomaly, which is a cooling of surface waters in the eastern and central Pacific, causes lower wind shear across the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic where tropical storms form."

Are YOU Prepared?

"Don't Get Hammered Without Armor Glass!"