Mike Smith AccuWeather

Preparis is proud to present our 2014 Threat Report Webinar on Feb. 6. In the weeks leading up to this event, we’ll spotlight our all-star panelists who will be speaking on the biggest risks to business continuity. Today, we’re proud to introduce Mike Smith: Chief Innovation Officer for AccuWeather and one of America’s most honored meteorologists.

About Mike Smith

Smith knew he would be a meteorologist at the age of five when a major tornado moved through his neighborhood. After receiving his meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma, he worked as a television meteorologist in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, and Wichita and is the second person ever to do a live telecast of a tornado.

In 1981, Smith founded WeatherData, Inc. in Wichita. Under his leadership, the company pioneered pinpoint severe-weather warning services and technologies serving transportation, manufacturing, government, and more. In 2006, WeatherData was acquired by AccuWeather, Inc. and has now become AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Inc., the leading company in the field of weather risk mitigation. Smith serves both AccuWeather and AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions as Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive.

Smith has received 21 U.S. and foreign patents in the fields of weather science, emergency management, and has published two books including Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather and When the Sirens Were Silent.

2014 Weather Predictions

  • “2013 was a very quiet year, with the exception of tornadoes in central Oklahoma and drought in the West,” Smith said. “2013 also had the lowest number of tornadoes in history.”
  • “The U.S. is terribly overdue for a major hurricane. The last major hurricane we had was Wilma in 2005. This is the longest we’ve gone without a major hurricane since 1850.”
  • A late season ice storm can be devastating. In 2012, some residents in southern New York were without power for up to three weeks due to the incredible damage from that ice storm.”
  • The biggest concern associated with a late season ice storm, especially as we get closer to spring, is leaves beginning to bud on trees. Leaves can attract more ice, causing branches to collapse into power lines.

Webinar attendees for the 2014 Threat Report can expect to hear Smith’s predictions and weather forecasts for the next 60 days. Click here to register now for the Preparis 2014 Threat Report.