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What is a Rain Bomb?


Vocabulary Test!

Even if some of us have been really fortunate to evade all of nature's wrath in all its various forms recently, one of the benefits of paying attention to the natural disasters happening all around us is that we get to learn a new vocabulary. I knew few if any of these terms just a few years go. You?

Here's a New One: Rain Bomb

Here is a superb explanation of rain bombs. (Note: Don't forget tornadoes. That would be really unwise.) But as we experience yet another fatal flooding event in Louisiana and all points Gulf Coast, it's extremely critical that we make an effort to understand what's going on here.

This phenomenon of rain bomb has happened overseas.

The current flooding in Louisiana follows a rain bomb from only four months ago that wreaked significant damage of its own and set the area up to be even more vulnerable to this week's flooding.

And it you want to escape to the desert to avoid the phenomena: good luck. Arizona recently experienced its own spectacular rain bomb event. Just look at the photo. In essence, there's nowhere to go, and nowhere to hide.

What's it all Mean?

It means that our checklists regarding what we need to prepare for just got more complicated. If you entered the EDM profession during the time that checklists consisted of preparation and response to tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, and you thought you had everything thought out and well covered ... well, you have everything thought out no longer.

Just in recent years, you've had to add cybersecurity, global warming-caused droughts and fires, terrorism, civil unrest over policing, and so on.

Now you have polar vortexes, heat domes, and rain bombs. This should not be considered depressing. This should be considered as being challenging. Our career field has always been resilient, and advocated resiliency, so let's go out there and be resilient.

Randall Cuthbert Dr. Randall Cuthbert is a retired APUS Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management. He has also worked as a Red Cross Shelter Supervisor, and spent a 20-year career as a US Air Force Civil Engineer Officer. His blogging interests include: protecting & enhancing the EDM profession in the areas of integrity, honorable public service, and social justice; education regarding the 'big picture' role of EDM in our society; educating our professionals and neighbors with regard to the greatest threat to our civilization--climate change; and in general terms, creating a better world for our children and grandchildren.