Severe Weather Safety Keeping Your Family Safe By Meteorologist Beau Dodson
Many people in our region are fascinated by weather.There is rarely a dull moment in our regions weather – it is active – it can be extreme. We live in an active region of the country…
Weather can be beautifulPeople ask me if I storm chase…I chase snowstorms – to photograph themI cover severe weather for emergency management, media, and for you – behind a computer and radar screen People in our region are “weather-aware”…
So, yes – I do chase – snowstorms!But when it comes to severe storms and tornadoes – I am committed to emergency management, media, and others…
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EXTREME weather – are you used to it yet? Weeeeeee Weeeee Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…
Extreme Weather Events! Jena Hillebrand Photograph We should be used to it by now!
Extreme Weather Events! Ohio Valley Pre-Christmas Blizzard!
Paducah, KY NWS The Paducah NWS Office covers these counties
Who are storm spotters? A loosely organized group of volunteers who provide ground truth severe weather information to the NWS, often in real time. Every NWS depends on spotter groups for information – including hail reports, wind reports, tornadoes, and damage assessment.The Paducah, KY NWS Depends on YOU and YOUR reports!
Who are storm spotters?. Wide range of individuals…
Who are storm spotters?. Young and old alike can help with spotting…
Who are storm spotters?. Normal people like you and me!
Of course the first storm chasers didn’t have the technology we have today! First storm chaser – 1939
Things have changed quite a bit over the century! Storm Spotting in 2012
Who Can Be A Storm Spotter? Anyone can be a severe weather spotter. Policemen, firemen, ham radio operators, weather enthusiasts and general public!
Why Are Spotters Needed? Confirmation! Better warnings Those downstream from your county We need more spotters!
The NWS depends on your reports to bridge the gap between what radar is showing and what is actually happening on the ground. Spotters are important to the warning process…
What the NWS doesn’t see can hurt you! Why should you care? Tornado Deaths From 2008-2011
This is why we careTo help reduce deaths and injuries from severe weather Tornado Deaths From 2008-2011
2011 Was a tragic and devastating year – marked with frequent and deadly severe weather outbreaks…Disheartening for emergency management, first responders, forecasters, and the general public Joplin, Missouri –Channel 13
This is why we need more spotters…You can help by joining the team! Become a STORM spotter Help keep your community safer We need more spotters!
What do you report?I am going to make this easy! We need more spotters!
Spotter reports!Please do not assume the NWS knows what is happening on the ground. They depend on your reports 1-270-744-6440 Twitter - #nwspah #tristatewx NWS stands for National Weather Service
When reporting hail size… Compare hail size to coins!Try to avoid saying “marble size hail” – the reason for this Is because marbles come in many sizes.
When reporting a tornado… Remember that it must be rotating in order for it to be a tornado!A funnel cloud is a rotating column of air that is not touching the ground.Once it touches the ground – THEN it is a tornado
What we need most from you… Wind damage reports… Trees down – size of trees – trees blocking roadways Large branches – size of branches if possible Power lines downed by high winds Power poles snapped by high winds Hail – nickel size or greater Hail covering the ground Hail causing damage to structures or windows/windshields
What we need most from you… Structural damage… Windows blown out of houses or businesses Damage to property – including roofs blown off buildings (be as specific as possible – if it just a few shingles off a business or house then say that) Semi-trucks blown over Vehicles blown off the road Barns blown down Outbuildings damaged
What we need most from you… Flash flooding Is the water swift?Are roads being closed because the water is rising and covering them? Vehicles swept off the road? Are there any injuries or missing people?
If you are experiencing quarter size or larger hail – report itIf trees and large limbs are being blown down – report itIf you see a tornado - it is rotating – then report itSignificant flash flooding – report it We need more spotters!
Protecting your family!I am going to tell you severalways to help keep you safer! Chris Landsberger Photograph
You should have an emergency kit with at least 3 days worth of water and food (per person).Flashlight – after a tornado it can be extremely dark Keep shoes by the bed at night Battery powered radio Medicines First aid kit
Keep a helmet Keep blankets - pillowKeep a flashlight – shoes – battery powered radio
If your safe spot is not moisture proof then keep all of the above in a duffle bag – plastic wrapped if necessary