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Heat, Severe and Fire Weather

Excessive heat warnings persist across the Desert Southwest, while the heat and humidity lingers along the East Coast. An extensive zone of strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and locally heavy rain are expected along a strong cold front from New England to the south-central Plains. Finally, elevated fire weather threats/red flag warnings are likely across the Inter-mountain West. Read More >


Severe Weather Awareness Week
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Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week 2019
February 17th-February 23th

No location is immune to severe weather threats. The arrival of spring not only signals a time when people begin to take increased advantage of outdoor activities, it also marks a rise in the potential for violent weather. This includes damaging thunderstorm winds, hail, tornadoes, lightning, and flash flooding. People must know what to do when severe weather threatens, whether in the outdoors or at home, school, work, play, or in a vehicle.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is an excellent time to review safety plans for the coming weather threats. This should be done by all communities, with the help of schools, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, business, and civic organizations. It should also be done by every family, insuring that each member knows how to be safe when severe weather threatens. The best way to insure that plans are adequate and can be activated in a timely manner is to test them with drills.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will issue special information releases each day to help prepare for severe weather season. Topics will include the many kinds of severe weather along with the recommended safety rules.

Did You Know?
Tornado near Manitou, OK, on November 7, 2011. Photo is courtesy of Chris Spannagle.
The peak of tornado season in our area occurs between March and June with just over 50% of all tornado days occurring in this time frame. In these three months, a significant peak was discovered from April 19th through May 20th, with 30% of all tornado days for the year falling within this period. Our region also has a secondary peak for tornadoes in late fall from mid-November to mid-December.

Severe thunderstorms can form in only a matter of minutes, bringing with them large hail, damaging winds, dangerous tornadoes, and deadly lightning. These storms can also produce very heavy rain, dropping several inches in the space of an hour, which can lead to deadly flash flooding.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time to speak with the public about ways we can prepare for these severe weather threats. This includes having an emergency action plan at home, at school, and at the office. An important part of this plan is to make sure everyone understands it and is ready to put it into action when necessary.