Nov. 22, 2016 04:15
Weather plays a major role in our everyday lives, and more importantly, it is an integral part of our business. Now, just when we think everything is beginning to settle down, Hurricane Matthew blows into town. And blow it did. ...
May 16, 2016 04:32
It seems to have started off with a bang—rain in the Midwest and Southeast, late snow and rain in the East, and in the West, plenty of snow and rain. Although Southern California did not receive the rain ‘punch’ expected from El Nino, it did produce a fair amount of moisture for Northern California....
Nov. 17, 2015 10:43
At the beginning of this year an end finally came to the drought in Texas. It sustained itself for four years as we watched millions of trees die from lack of water and hundreds of thousands of acres of land turn to desert. When the drought broke, the rains came, followed by flooding....
July 15, 2015 12:26
Due to our sister publication, Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, we seem to be more aware of the weather. We monitor rain events and droughts very carefully, because we know how much these events impact our markets. So we’ve been carefully following the events of the drought in Texas and parts of Oklahoma. ...
Jan. 15, 2015 12:07
A homeowner in Clinton, Iowa, has filed a civil lawsuit against the city, demanding a trial by jury. The petition alleges that a stormwater drainage and detention system has altered the natural flow of water. They claim that an excessive amount of water is being diverted onto their property, causing multiple damages....
Jan. 17, 2011 05:02
As we enter 2011, we are enthusiastic about what we see. I chuckle as I write this, because that’s what I thought last year. Although our markets have been agonizingly slow to recover, the future looks bright. ...
March 21, 2011 04:57
While winter is still around in many parts of the country, I’m looking forward to spring and trying to predict how this year will play out. I wish I could look into a crystal ball and see what the business climate will be like this year, but I can’t. So I can only go by my experience and gut feeling....
Jan. 16, 2012 04:27
When the housing boom started, it set up a pattern for other markets as well. In an effort to keep up with the demand for more housing, raw land was developed. This land was planned out and new roads had to be built. As each builder or developer built larger projects, they had to construct streets and cut pads for new homes....
Sept. 17, 2012 04:08
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, this year has already seen almost 10,000 wildfires in July alone, wreaking havoc on more than 204 million acres. Not that 2012 is exceptional, either. In fact, it’s been relatively calm. By way of contrast, the year....
May 13, 2013 04:01
and upbeat about the business climate. In the parts of the country where spring has already arrived, business seems to be up from last year. Unfortunately, for those in the Midwest, the Northeast, and some parts of the South, spring is late in coming; however, once the weather breaks, I believe business will pick up....

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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