Show Notes

Hosts:  Jeff Cunningham and Ryan Harris

Guest: Alex Hoon, Senior Meteorologist at NV Energy

Description:  Alex Hoon from NV Energy joins us this week to talk about his time “deploying forward” to help battle wildfires out west armed with his weather skills and tactical technology to help him do the job.  He spends time breaking down the three elements of the fire triangle (topography, fuels, and weather) and talks about the unprecedented conditions that led to some of the deadliest wildfires in the last decade and U.S. history and even an EF-3 Fire Tornado.  While unfortunately several dozen people lost their lives in two such fires in 2018, the work done by incident meteorologists like Alex save countless lives each year by applying expert weather information to a dynamic environment.  This is Part I of a two-part show with Alex.


Weather and climate in the news


From the Air Force to incident meteorologist


Technology used by IMETs to battle wildfires


Weather on the front lines of the devastating 2018 Carr Fire


The fire behavior triangle


Fire tornado alert