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Severe Storms in the Upper Midwest; Heavy Rain in the Mid-Atlantic; Widespread Heat in the Southwest

Severe storms with damaging winds, large hail, and locally heavy rain will impact portions of the Upper Midwest. A lingering front will bring another round of heavy showers and thunderstorms to the Mid-Atlantic. Excessive heat continues in the South Plains to the Southwest, and fire weather threats remain Critical across the Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and into the Plains. Read More >

Slide 20

Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that we have defined the problem, we must decide the most effective course of action for public education to minimize the problem. Obviously, this is a very complicated subject that DOES NOT lie completely within the realm of meteorology, especially when addressing the area of public perception of warnings and public response. The authors feel that there is a need for improvement of the current open country safety guidelines. However, we also feel that simply stating "do not go under the overpass" does not go far enough, nor is it effective. The challenge for us is to provide the best possible sound and practical guidelines of what TO do. Positive reinforcement, in most instances, is a much more effective approach. See slide 21 and slide 22 for further discussion of this topic.

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