Some Weather!

As Civil Engineers, we rely on weather data to predict large rain events in order to design proper drainage.  Much of that data is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.  There’s all sorts of useful data and information on their website, but one of my favorites is the National Weather Service National Radar Mosaic.  This groups together all of the the local RADAR stations in to one large animated radar map.  This is particularly useful on a day like today!  Click the photo below to check it out.

Mushroom House?

It appears that someone has figured out a way of creating a building material out of mushroom roots that grow themselves in place.  While we haven’t gotten many (or any) calls to permit a subdivision for a new sustainable mushroom village, things have been heating up in the residential housing market.  This means this summer has been quite busy with perc tests, planning board meetings, and septic system inspections.  But with new products, technology, and building methodologies, who knows what the future holds?