PG&E Weather webpage provides customers with the latest weather information from their community and assesses the potential for power outages for public safety


SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – As part of its efforts to prepare customers and communities for the growing threat of wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides detailed, localized weather forecasts to customers from its robust web page weather forecast on pge.com.

The weather webpage has a seven-day forecast updated daily by a meteorologist or PG&E fire specialist that indicates the potential need to call a Public Safety Power Cutoff Device (PSPS). PG&E monitors conditions throughout the system and assesses whether to shut off power during extreme weather conditions to help prevent forest fires.

PG&E’s 7-Day PSPS Potential provides an instant idea of ​​what’s going on and what’s ahead. The forecast covers all counties in the PG&E service area and four levels of PSPS potential:

  • Not expected – The conditions which generally justify a PSPS event are not foreseen for the moment.
  • Raised – An upcoming event (period of gusty winds, dry conditions, increased risk) is monitored for increased potential of a PSPS event.
  • PSPS Watch – The company’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated for a reasonable chance of performing a PSPS for public safety in a given county due to a combination of inclement weather and dry fuel conditions . A PSPS watch is generally only issued 72 hours before the scheduled start of an event.
  • PSPS Warning – The company’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated and customers in areas considered for a PSPS have been or are being notified. This level indicates that the execution of a PSPS is probable given the latest weather and fuel forecasts and / or observed conditions. PSPS is typically run in smaller, more focused areas than an entire county. This level does not guarantee the execution of a PSPS as conditions and forecasts may change.

Using the web page, PG&E customers will also be able to check humidity, precipitation, temperature, wind speed and wind gusts over 70,000 square miles of northern and central California. Customers will also be able to check local conditions from the weather station closest to their community.

Additionally, the web page indicates whether the National Weather Service has called a red flag warning. It provides access to thousands of weather stations and dozens of high definition cameras used by PG&E. A daily sunrise and sunset schedule is also included.

PSPS criteria

PG&E launches a PSPS when the weather forecast is such that the safety of people, lives, homes and businesses may be threatened by forest fires. Because every weather situation is unique, PG&E carefully considers a combination of factors to decide whether the power should be removed. These factors include:

  • Low humidity levels, typically 30% and less.

  • A forecast of high winds, particularly sustained winds greater than 19 miles per hour and wind gusts greater than 30 to 40 miles per hour.

  • Condition of dry materials on the ground and low moisture content of vegetation.

  • A red flag warning declared by the National Weather Service.

  • Real-time ground observations from the PG&E Forest Fire Safety Operations Center and PG&E teams working in the service territory.

“We continue to develop our network of weather stations and cameras to provide the clearest possible picture of severe weather events to come,” said Scott Strenfel, meteorologist at PG&E. “The safety of our customers and our communities is our most important responsibility. As we continue to work year round and uninterrupted to improve our PSPS program, we are expanding our weather forecasting capabilities to help us prevent and respond to the risk of forest fires.

This year, PG&E decision-making is also evolving to take into account the presence of trees tall enough to strike power lines when determining whether a PSPS is required.

Address Alerts

This year, PG&E created a new tool to keep non-account holders informed of PSPS outages. The tool, known as address alerts, can notify anyone of a PSPS at any address.

Address Alerts may be right for you if:

  • You want to know more about a PSPS at your home, at work, at school or in another important place

  • You are a tenant and do not have a PG&E account

  • You must stay informed of a PSPS affecting a friend or relative

  • Several members of your household want to be notified

Customers and non-account holders wishing to receive updates on PSPS events for an address for which they are not receiving an invoice can submit one or more addresses.

If you are a customer, you will automatically receive PSPS notifications for the home or business associated with your PG&E account. To update your contact details, visit pge.com/mywildfirealerts or call 1-866-743-6589.

To sign up for address alerts, visit pge.com/addressalerts.

For more information on fire conditions in California, visit the CAL FIRE website, fire.ca.gov. For more information on the Community Forest Fire Safety Program, including links to update contact information, resources for PSPS outages, and a schedule of upcoming regional open houses and webinars, visit PG&E website at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electricity utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in northern and central California . For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.


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