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Wet Weather in the Central Gulf Coast and Pacific Northwest; Critical Fire Weather Threat in the West

Locally heavy rainfall continue to bring flash flooding along the central Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. A strong cold front will bring heavy rain, winds, cooler temperatures, and possibly high elevation snow to the Northwest through the weekend. Widespread critical fire weather due to dry, gusty winds is forecast from the Great Basin into the northern Plains. Read More >

Lightning Kills!

In the U. S. Lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.

The National Weather Service urges you to seek indoor shelter when storms are approaching. This is the best advice:

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is indoors and away from windows. You want four walls surrounding you- that means no open garages, porches, covered decks, or picnic shelters. The next best place to be is in a hard-topped vehicle with windows rolled up.


This website:

has loads of information for everyone, including coloring pages, games, videos and graphics.


The National Lightning Safety Council's website has lots of great lightning safety tips.