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Severe Weather Awareness Campaign For Kids

We have a special visitor this week, Cloudy, who is here to learn about the importance of severe weather readiness.  We hope you share Cloudy's lessons with the young minds and all others in your household so everyone can be prepared for severe weather season!

Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 12-16) we are posting another safety lesson.  Follow along below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Monday, April 12: Cloudy visits the National Weather Service.

Start by watching Cloudy's video tour!


Click on any image for a larger view.


Tuesday, April 13: Weather Balloons

Cloudy learned about the importance of launching weather balloons.  Do you know how many weather balloon sites the National Weather Service has?  How about the one weather phenomena we cannot launch balloons in?



(Answers: 91, Thunderstorms)


Wednesday, April 14: When Thunder Roars

Today Cloudy learned “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”.  Even if there are several seconds between when you see lightning and then hear thunder, the lightning is still close enough to strike. Today’s question: How hot is lightning? Learn more about lightning at:



(Answer: The air lightning passes through can heat to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is five times hotter than the sun!)


Thursday, April 15: Thunderstorm Alerts

It’s important to have more than one way to receive Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warning information.  Cell phones and weather radios are two of the most common methods.  Do not rely solely on outdoor sirens, these are only meant to be heard if outside.



(Answer: B. During a Severe Thunderstorms or Tornado Warning)


Friday, April 16: Report Your Weather

For the last day of Severe Weather Awareness week Cloudy has one final lesson to pass along: We always appreciate your storm reports after thunderstorms. Thanks for visiting, we hope to see you back again soon!



(Answer: 1 inch in diameter, about the size of a quarter)


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