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Severe Weather Awareness Week: THUNDERSTORMS

3 Mar 2022, 4:00 am

At WeatherNation, we’re committed to educating and informing our viewers of all of the threats severe weather can bring. On March 1, the National Weather Service initiates their campaign to prepare us for all of the hazards the Spring season can bring. Severe storms can happen anywhere in the U.S. at any time. Each day through the first week of March, we’ll highlight different aspects of hazardous severe thunderstorms and what you need to know to stay safe.

In case you missed it, we covered Tornado safety on Tuesday, and the threats from Wind and Hail yesterday.


Whether general or severe, thunderstorms can pose a threat to life and property. We are highlighting all facets of this powerful spring phenomenon.

Thunderstorms can manifest in several different ways. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common types.

What qualifies a thunderstorm as severe? Meteorologist Lucy Bergemann breaks down severe thunderstorm threats and how the National Weather Service categorizes them in their alerts.


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.

John Van Pelt walks us through the basics of lightning safety while debunking some common lightning myths along the way.

Now that we know how to protect ourselves from lightning, lets dig into how it forms.

Think lightning won’t strike the same place twice? Think again! Meteorologist Rob Bradley sets the record straight on misconceptions about lightning.


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Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.