Severe Weather Awareness Week: March 1-7

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2 Mar 2020 12:25 PM
From March 1-7, 2020 the National Weather Service initiates their campaign to prepare us all for spring severe storms. At WeatherNation, we're getting you ready by educating our viewers on all of the threats severe weather can bring. Each day we'll highlight different aspects of thunderstorms and what you need to know to stay safe.



We are kicking things off by telling you everything you need to know about tornadoes and tornado safety. John Van Pelt details different ways to stay safe when a Tornado Watch or Warning is issued.   Tornadoes are rated by the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Meteorologist Shelly Lindblade explains how the National Weather Service determines these ratings.   Meteorologist Joe Astolfi highlights the safest places to be during a tornado warning.   Landspouts may be small, but they can pack a big punch. Meteorologist Chris Bianchi explains.



Three things qualify a thunderstorm as severe. Yesterday, we talked about tornadoes. Today, we will focus on damaging winds and large hail. How is hail measured? We break it down for you and show what everyday objects correspond with a certain hail size.   When we talk about a severe threat of damaging, straight line winds, here's what you need you know with Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo.   Hail can be the costliest part of thunderstorm damage. Meteorologist Ben Reppert breaks it down by the numbers.   Meteorologist Karissa Klos explains what it takes for hail stones to form and grow within a thunderstorm.  



In addition to hail, wind and tornadoes, flooding often accompanies spring thunderstorms. River flooding, areal flooding, and flash flooding: different types of one of the deadliest natural disasters in the United States. Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo explains the difference between the three.   Flooding isn't just about rising water. Meteorologist Steve Glazier tells us about the various dangers that flood waters can bring.   Flooding is the second biggest weather related killer in the U.S. John Van Pelt highlights ways to stay safe during heavy rain and flooding events.   Meteorologist Chris Bianchi talks with Dr. Greg Carbin about his research into heavy precipitation and flooding events over the last five years.  



Whether general or severe, thunderstorms can pose a threat to life and property. We are highlighting all facets of this powerful spring phenomenon. John Van Pelt walks us through the basics of lightning safety while debunking some common lightning myths along the way.   When severe weather threatens, it's important to understand the different alerts. Meteorologist Steve Glazier breaks down the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING.   When severe weather strikes, it's important to be prepared. John Van Pelt helps get you ready.   Think lightning won't strike the same place twice? Think again! Meteorologist Rob Bradley sets the record straight on misconceptions about lightning.   Nocturnal severe thunderstorms present a unique, and elevated danger. Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo explains.  



We are giving you some insight on how we forecast for severe weather. Everything from climatology to preparation, here is what you need to look for in the coming months. The Storm Prediction Center issued various threat levels in advance of severe weather around the country. Learn more about each threat level and what it means when your area is placed in the risk.   Meteorologist Steve Glazier explains where and when severe storms are most likely during spring.   Shear, lift, instability and moisture. SLIM is a helpful acronym to remember what storms need to develop. Meteorologist Karissa Klos breaks down the details.   There are two hot spots in the U.S. for tornado activity, Dixie Alley and Tornado Alley. Meteorologist Chris Bianchi highlights the similarities and differences between the two.   There are many things you can do to help your family get ready for severe weather season. Meteorologist Patrick Crawford walks us through a helpful checklist for Severe Weather Awareness Week.
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