Minnesota’s Destructive Summer Storms
For the week of July 14th, 2013
Guests: Massoud Amin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota; Kenny Blumenfeld, Research Associate and visiting scholar in the Geography Department at the University of Minnesota, Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State University
Issues: Conditions that contributed to power outages and fallen trees following the June 20th -21st storms; How our current electrical distribution systems create frequent and prolonged blackouts; What climate change means for future extreme weather in Minnesota
Last month, high winds and heavy rains brought down branches and entire trees causing severe damage to the electrical distribution system and cutting power to more than 600,000 Minnesotans. The state’s largest power outage is prompting questions about the resilience of our electric grid in extreme weather conditions. On the next Access Minnesota, University of Minnesota experts discuss the rise in violent storms and the strain it places on our power infrastructure.