SNOW COMMAND

Posted: March 17, 2010 in 1

“In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds.”
Louis Pasteur

This Winter and Spring Fox Chicago has been busy working with the National Weather Service, local emergency managers, storm spotters and weather enthusiasts to prepare for severe weather in Chicago.  Along with our Fox Chicago Weather Education Days (http://www.myfoxchicago.com/subindex/weather/weather_ed) we also work in tandem with local communities and agencies to make sure we are all prepared for dangerous storms that could affect Chicago.

 The City’s 911 Center is also home to the city workers who run SNOW COMMAND.  There are about a dozen people who act as the eyes and ears of the plow drivers in the city during storms.  They use a network of live cameras placed across the city to check road conditions.  Chief of Snow Command is Matt Smith and he explains the operations in the winter are intense.  The city wants to get the roads cleared but they also don’t want to waste crews or materials.  They use hi-tech temperature gauges and cameras and even radar to make decisions about storms that move through Chicago.  When the winter winds down, SNOW COMMAND turns its attention to severe weather. They focus on flooding rain storms, major wind events, and any type of threatening weather that might move into the area.  The 911 center operates 24/7 365 days a year. 

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