El Niño’s fingerprints appear to be entrenched in the outlook for winter 2016.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters, El Niño could become one of the strongest on record and is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream.1
Even with El Niño lurking in the shadows of the jet stream, the Farmers’ Almanac calls for a repeat of last winter—at least in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over the Atlantic Seaboard; eastern portions of the Great Lakes and the lower peninsula of Michigan; Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley; as well as much of the Gulf Coast. New Englanders will once again experience a very frigid (shivery) winter (deja vu).2
Editor’s Note: The following CDE is based on “The Birds and the Bees of Childbirth,” presented by Cassie Stavros and Sharon McCool at NAVIGATOR 2015, and revisions to the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS®) version 13.0.
My wife is having a baby,” the caller tells EMD Cassie Stavros, Lead Communication Specialist, Central Lane Communications, Eugene, Ore.
She turns to Protocol 24: Pregnancy/Childbirth/Miscarriage, and when she asks Case Entry Question 1—How many weeks (or months) pregnant is she?—the father is quick to reply, “She’s giving birth. That’s how far along. You need to get me an ambulance.”
Before the movie was out on the big screen and the reviews in, the Madison County Communication Center and Laurel Volunteer Fire Department on the west tip of North Carolina were prepared for a possible influx of hikers on the now even more famous Appalachian Trail (AT).
The recent movie—“A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte—is based on the book of the same name and chronicles writer Bill Bryson’s venture to hike the 2,144-mile trail. The characters are out for adventure, and much like AT hikers in real life, they get much more than they bargained for.
“That’s why we walk the trail,” said Franklin Emerson, Chief, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. “It’s much easier to find someone if you can see in your mind where things are and the best way to get there.”