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Severe Weather and Heavy Rain Threat over the Central U.S.; Dangerous Heat In the South

Widespread strong to severe storms and heavy rain remain possible tonight across parts of the central and southern Plains into southern Missouri. The threat will move over parts of the middle Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley from Sunday into Monday morning. A dangerous early-season heat wave continues over south Texas and southern Florida. Read More >

Severe Weather Awareness Week...April 14th through 20th

The National Weather Service wants everyone to be part of a Weather-Ready Nation.  Colorado is an annual host for tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, killer lightning, and wind damage.  Are you weather ready?  Now is the time to make sure you know how to stay safe when severe weather threatens.  Therefore, the week of April 14th through 20th has been designated Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week.      

Each year, for the past 20 years, there have been an average of 50 tornadoes in Colorado.  Each year, on average, three people have been killed by lightning and another 13 people have been injured by lightning.  Some of the biggest insurance losses each year are due to large hail.  

The National Weather Service offices which serve Colorado will issue a series of public information statements during the week covering the following topics...

 Downloadable National Weather Service brochures are available...including severe weather information and safety brochures by clicking HERE.

The Southern Colorado Guide to Frequently Used NWS Terms is available HERE.  


Sunday...Introduction (this web page is the introduction)
Monday..........Watches and Warnings

Tuesday.........Tornados and Tornado Safety

Wednesday...Floods and Flash Floods
Thursday........Damaging Wind and Hail
Friday.............Lightning and Wildfires
Saturday........A review of the week



Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for a variety of thunderstorm hazards.  Make sure you have a way to receive warnings.  If you live in a community with a siren, understand the protocol for sounding those sirens.  If you have a relatively new cell phone, you will receive tornado and flash flood warnings on your phone if you are in the areas of the warning.  NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is another great way to monitor the weather and receive warnings, and can found at most hardware or electronics stores.


Safety information, watches, warnings, forecasts, past weather, and much more information is available at your local National Weather Service websites:


WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DENVER         NWS Denver/Boulder
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT                  NWS Grand Junction