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Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Awareness Week is: Apr 30 - May 6, 2017


A Communications Drill is Scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017 around 1:15 pm.

The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue a Required Monthly Test (RMT) for distribution through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and a Special Weather Statement for distribution through all NWS communication systems. This provides everyone with an opportunity to test the communication systems they use to receive NWS warnings.

Upon reception of this test message, we'd like you to complete a short one page on-line survey at:

If you only have a fax available, please complete the attached short one page survey and fax it to (518) 435-9587.


For additional information, contact:

Patrick Maloit - Severe Weather Program Leader



During this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office New York, NY (OKX) will also issue and broadcast daily Public Information Statements according to the schedule in the table presented below.


Day Topic
Sunday Communication Drill
Monday Severe Weather Impacts and Definitions
Tuesday Severe Thunderstorms
Wednesday Severe Weather Preparedness and Safety
Thursday Tornadoes
Friday Flash Floods
Saturday Review

Latest Severe Weather Information

Severe Weather Overview Map from the Storm Prediction Center
(Click Map for more detail)
SPC Activity Chart Image
Day 2 Convective Outlook Image
Day 2 Convective Outlook
Day 3 Convective Outlook Image
Day 3 Convective Outlook
Mesoscale Discussion Image
Mesoscale Discussion


Local Severe Weather Products




Severe Weather Information


Tornado Information
 Notable Statistics for NY, NJ and CT
Total Number of Tornado Fatalities (1950-2014)
Total Number of Lightning Fatalities (1959-2010)


National Weather Service Preparedness Brochures

Thunderstorms and Tornadoes Brochure Image

Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

Dangerous Flooding Brochure Image

Dangerous Flooding

Owlie Skywarn Brochure Image

Owlie Skywarn

Basic Spotter Field Guide Brochure Image

Basic Spotter Field Guide


American Red Cross Preparedness Brochures

Tornadoes Brochure Image


Thunderstorms Brochure Image


Floods Brochure Image



How To Receive Severe Weather Products


 Lightning Safety


Lightning kills or injures hundreds each year. See our 30-second video on a teen struck by lightning, download our safety brochure and explore the wealth of resources on the NWS lightning safety website.


Topic Factsheet
Lightning Overview Lightning & Lightning Safety- An Introduction
The Science of Lightning Why do some clouds produce lightning and others don't?
Lightning Safety Outdoors Lightning Safety Outdoors
Lightning Safety Indoors Safe Shelters & Indoor Safety
Medical Aspects The Medical Aspects of Lightning


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