Severe Weather Awareness; Are You Ready?
Spring is just around the corner, and with the harsh winter many of us experienced, it will be welcomed with open arms. Spring may bring with it warmer temperatures, longer days and new life to our gardens, it also brings with it the chance for severe weather. Severe weather can happen at any time, there is no set start or end date. The National Weather Service defines severe weather as, “any aspect of the weather which can pose a threat to life and property.”
Year-to-date in the U.S. we have seen the fewest amounts of tornadoes reported in over a decade. On average, we see 84 tornadoes during January and February, this year the Storm Prediction Center lists 28 tornado reports and only 2 during the month of February. The last time we had this few tornadoes to start the year was in 2004 when only 12 tornadoes were reported. Does a quiet start to the year mean that we will have a quiet Spring and Summer in regards to severe weather? Not quite…2004 started with only 12 tornadoes, however, we finished that year with a record-setting 1,819 tornadoes.
Know your risk: Whether it be hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, hail, wind, or lightning, it is important to understand and gather information about the type of hazardous weather that can affect your area. Understanding the risks can help you and your family create a plan during severe weather events. Creating an emergency preparedness kit or having a Family Emergency Plan could help save your life. Understanding the terminology of severe weather can also help us prepare. For example, what is the difference between a watch and a warning? A watch means that conditions are favorable or possible during the next few hours, while a warning means that severe weather has been observed or can be expected within the hour.
Stay with WeatherNation and WeatherNationTV.com through severe weather season to keep you ahead of the storm.
Brandon Thorne – WeatherNation