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Georgia Severe Weather Preparedness Week
February 6 - 10, 2023


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This year (2023), Georgia will recognize the week of February 6 - 10 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Severe weather is no stranger to the state. The past few years have brought a number of higher-impact severe weather events to the region. In 2022, we started the year off with bouts of severe weather and then had a widespread severe weather outbreak in central Georgia in April. This came on the heels of the devastating EF-4 Newnan Tornado and associated severe weather outbreak in March of 2021. You can read more about each of these significant weather events below.

As we approach what is typically the most active part of the year for severe weather, Severe Weather Preparedness Week provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the dangers of severe weather, as well as knowing how and when to take proper actions when severe weather is expected and hits.  Please take the time now to review your home, school, or businesses preparedness plans. Each day is dedicated to a different topic that addresses severe weather preparedness. Throughout the week, the topics to be covered include:

It is important to note that severe weather, including tornadoes, can happen year round in Georgia, even in the winter. The graph below shows that despite a clear peak in the Spring, tornadoes are also quite common in the Fall and Winter months as well!


An important aspect of severe weather warnings includes the information received from the public and spotters. Not only do timely and accurate storm reports help the National Weather Service to verify warnings, but they also help meteorologists better relate radar data with corresponding observed weather. If you observe hail (quarter sized or larger), strong/damaging winds, or a funnel cloud/tornado anywhere across north and central Georgia, please report it to the National Weather Service (Peachtree City/Atlanta Office) at 1-866-763-4466 or by using our online storm report form. To learn more about our local Skywarn spotter program, visit the Storm Spotter Information page.


Interested in Further Preparation Resources?

Visit the JetStream Educational Page as well as the National Weather Service Safety pages!