Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 27-31, 2017
Severe Weather Awareness Week Packet 2017 is available at: http://goo.gl/2SfdsJ
Become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
The National Weather Service along with Nebraska Emergency Management and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Division have declared March 27 through March 31 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Knowing when severe weather is possible will give you time to prepare!
You can always find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at weather.gov. If you’re not on your computer, you can access the same information via your mobile device at http://mobile.weather.gov. Wireless Emergency Alerts are life saving messages that will pop up on your mobile phone when you are in a geographic area that is under a Warning. Visit www.weather.gov/wirelessalerts for more information!
Each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week…the National Weather Service in Omaha will cover severe weather topics and have this information available on our webpage as well as on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
Topics which will be covered include…
Monday...Severe Weather Terminology
Saturday...How to Report Severe Weather
The National Weather Service will conduct a Tornado Drill on WEDNESDAY, March 29th, at 10 a.m. with the TEST Tornado Warning drill at 1030 a.m. CDT. Please note the data change! The purpose of this drill is to ensure that Nebraskans and Iowans can adequately receive a Tornado Warning and can practice any actions that would be taken in the event of a real tornado. The test warning will be sent through all communication channels normally used for severe weather dissemination.
Check out the detailed press release for this year's winners of the poster contest.
1st Place: H. Johnson, 10, Hebron, Thayer County, Thayer Central
2nd Place: S Boerkircher, 8, Hemingford, Box Butte County, Home BACE
3rd Place: D. Wagner, 10, Creighton, Knox County, Creighton Community
4th Place: C. Holley, 10, Scotia, Greeley County, Central Valley
There were 45 tornadoes in Nebraska last year. That is 8 less than the 30 year average of 53. Iowa reported 43 tornadoes, which is 3 shy of the longer term average of 46. There were no injuries in Nebraska, however there were 12 injuries in Iowa. Typically, most tornadoes occur in June, however in 2016, the most in Nebraska occurred in May with 13. In Iowa, the most occurred in July with 13.
Pilger, NE Tornadoes - June 16, 2014 Photo courtesy of Dustin Wilcox
Know what to do before, during and after a tornado. Knowing what to do before, during and after a tornado could save your life. Here’s what you need to know.
For more information visit... Tornadoes
A thunderstorm is considered severe when it produces hail that is one inch in diameter or larger, damaging winds equal to or greater than 58 miles per hour, or a tornado. There are numerous aspects of severe thunderstorms that pose a threat to life and property. Along with the threat of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes, everyone must also be aware of the possibility of dangerous lightning and flooding. Now is the time to review Severe Weather Safety Information.
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
For anyone outside, whether you're involved in sports or some other activity, keep an eye on the sky. If you hear thunder, you're already in danger and should head inside a substantial building or hardtopped vehicle immediately. Don’t wait for rain.
Outdoor activities (fishing, boating, golf, soccer, walking, running, yardwork) contributes to dozens of lightning deaths in the United States. Officials in charge of organized sports should have a lightning safety plan, and those involved in the sport (and their parents) should understand the plan and know what to do.
The plan should identify:
-How long it will take to get everyone to safety
-Where the participants and spectators should take shelter
-When officials should stop and resume the event
-Who is responsible for making weatherrelated safety decisions
-Who is responsible for monitoring conditions and notifying officials of weatherrelated threats.
Whether you're out for a run, watching your child's game, or attending a major sports event, remember that there's no safe place outside in a thunderstorm. When thunder roars, go indoors!
For more information go to: Lightning Safety
Never Drive or Walk into Flood Waters -Turn Around Don’t Drown! Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S. On average, flooding claims nearly 82 lives each year. More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving.
Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry off an adult. Twelve inches of water can float a small car. If that water is moving, it can carry that car away. Eighteen to twenty-four inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.
For more information and flood safety tips, visit the Flood Safety page.
Photo credit: Megan Farmer
Statistics - 2016
Tornadoes: 45 (3 8 less than the 30 year average of 53)
Deaths: 0 Injuries: 0
Hail Size: 5.00” on May 9th (Lancaster County - near Cheney)
Wind Gust: Estimated: 100 mph on July 7th - Max (Dundy County)
Measured: 103 mph on June 28th - near Chadron (Dawes County)
Tornadoes: 43 (3 shy of the longer term average of 46)
Deaths: 0 Injuries: 12
Hail Size: 2.50” on March 15th (Louisa County - near Grandview)
94 mph on October 6th - Near Credit Island (Scott County)
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