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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

June 1st marks the beginning of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Overall activity in the Atlantic basin in 2018 was about average with 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. This compares to the long-term averages of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. In 2018, Tropical Storm Alberto reached winds of 65 MPH and resulted in $125 million in damages. Hurricane Beryl reached winds of 80 MPH and resulted in less than $50 million in…

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The 1920 National Electrical Code

The 1920 National Electrical Code

With the 2020 National Electrical Code in the final stages of development, I thought it would be a good time to look back 100-years to the 1920 National Electrical Code and see what the electrical industry was up to so long ago. The “Report of Electrical Committee” was presented to the NFPA membership on May 5, 1920 by Chairman Dana Pierce of New York. Mr. Pierce would go on to become the second president of Underwriters Laboratories in 1923 upon…

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2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

June 1st marks the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Overall activity in the Atlantic basin in 2017 was well above average with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and 6 major hurricanes. This compares to the long-term averages of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. One unnamed tropical depression also formed in 2017. In terms of Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, the 2017 season was…

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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Mid-Season Report

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Mid-Season Report

September marks the mid-point of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The National Hurricane Center now predicts there is a 60% chance of an above-normal season compared to the May prediction of 45% chance. The mid-season outlook predicts: 14-19 named storms, an increase from the May predicted range of 11-17 2-5 major hurricanes, an increase from the May predicted range of 2-4 5-9 hurricanes, remains unchanged from the initial May outlook There have been nine named storms and two tropical Read…

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The History and Future of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

The History and Future of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

An article dedicated to electric vehicle charging requirements was added to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) in its 1996 edition. This would lead some to believe the 1990s was the origin of the electric vehicle industry, but the electric vehicle dates back to the mid-1800s and was one of the first markets for the electric motor, storage battery, and distribution equipment manufacturers. Between 1834 and 1896, small-scale production of electric vehicles helped develop public interest in Read more […]

Thomas Edison Invented the Smart Phone

Thomas Edison Invented the Smart Phone

I know what you are thinking.  Thomas Edison could not have possibly invented the smart phone considering he passed away on October 18, 1931 well before the first true smart phone became commercially available in 1994.  You would be correct to say the Simon Personal Communicator introduced by BellSouth was the first cellular phone to incorporate other features such as email access, calendars, and a calculator [1].  However, I would argue the most popular features on today’s smart phones would…

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NEMA Activates Natural Disaster Standard Operating Procedures for Hurricane Matthew

NEMA Activates Natural Disaster Standard Operating Procedures for Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has left sheer devastation in five states along the Atlantic Coast. While significant flooding from rain and storm surge was anticipated in several coastal communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; not even the most experienced weather experts at the National Hurricane Center were able to predict the deluge of rain that would fall on North Carolina and Southeast Virginia in the final hours of the storm before it dissipated out to sea. The rivers and streams in…

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NEMA Guidance: Atlantic Hurricane Season

NEMA Guidance: Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” hurricane season with approximately 10–16 named storms, 4–8 hurricanes, and 1–4 major hurricanes.  However, it only takes one landfall to have catastrophic consequences. The NEMA Field Representatives are reaching out to our contacts in the electrical and emergency management industries to remind them that NEMA has many programs in place Read more […]

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

The ultimate goal of a code or standard is to provide a clear set of instructions for the construction, installation, and use of an electrical or alarm product. These instructions come in two different forms: prescriptive rules and performance rules. The results of these rules ensure a safe installation free of hazards to a person or property from the use of electricity. Prescriptive rules are more prevalent in the installation standards such as the National Electrical Code or the National…

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Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

A fundamental goal during the development of a code or standard is to ensure the written word is clear, concise, and easy to interpret. This is usually achieved by assembling a diverse group of interested professionals with varying perspectives that collectively work together to produce a consensus document. The process covers all bases, leaves no stone unturned, and foresees any unintended consequences or conflicts. The result is a nearly perfect document. In reality, it is impossible to predict Read more…

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