Spring’s Here…And So Are Severe Weather Hazards. Here Are Some Severe Weather Safety Links. #WeatherReady
Today, we’re in day two of a five-day severe weather episode across the southern plains to the Ohio valley and the southern states. The Storm Prediction Center is predicting three more days of severe weather (as of 27 March 2017) from western Texas and Oklahoma to Georgia and the Carolinas. In lieu of the weekly science review (which I’ll post later in the week), I’ll pass along some severe weather safety information. The climatological peak of activity isn’t until May…so we’ve several more weeks of active severe weather episodes that may, or may not, materialize. Regardless, best to be prepared.
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS
- Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning…Nature’s Most Violent Storms (20 page PDF file)
- Tornado Safety Rules from the Storm Prediction Center
- Highway Overpasses As Tornado Shelters
- The Online Tornado FAQ
- Facts About Derechos
- Flash Flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supply Kit Info
- Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Information
- The Weather Channel: Prepare Your Pets For Emergencies
SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION
- Storm Prediction Center
- National Weather Service Homepage (Local information from your National Weather Service Office)
One caveat about this category. The two links for the SPC and NWS are excellent sources and the starting point for everyone’s information. As for local broadcast meteorologists, I can only suggest that you watch those which are to your liking…which is extremely subjective…and therefore in the interest of fairness and objectivity, I have no recommendations.
From the Storm Prediction Center, a concise explanation of risk categories.
Do you know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING?
Your mobile device can save your life. Make sure your phones, tablets, et al. are charged at all times.
CITIZEN SCIENCE: CONTRIBUTING TO DATA BASES AND RESEARCH DURING/AFTER THE STORM
- CoCoRaHS: “”Volunteers working together to measure precipitation across the nations.”
- mPING: “Weather radars cannot “see” at the ground, so mPING reports are used by the NOAA National Weather Service to fine-tune their forecasts. NSSL uses the data in a variety of ways, including to develop new radar and forecasting technologies and techniques.”
Finally…one last word…
Please keep in mind that only NOAA weather radio, your local National Weather Service office, or reliable media are the best sources of important, timely, and potentially life-saving weather information, watches, and warnings! None of the links on this page should be used for life-&-death decisions or the protection of property!
Stay weather aware…and stay safe!
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