Are You Ready For Severe Weather This Winter?
Now that winter is officially here, the big question is are you ready for the severe weather that it will inevitably bring? In today’s article we take a look at stories about severe weather this winter season. Some of them have helpful hints.
Our first story comes to us from Patrick Air Force Base in Florida where weather forecasters are telling us that due to El Niño residents should be prepared because tornado season will be above normal. They also tell us that there are two basic steps to be prepared for a tornado: have a plan and keep informed. According to this story, Florida has nearly 17 times more significant (EF2 or higher) tornadoes in El Niño winters than in non-El Niño years. The winter tornado season lasts from February to April. According to statistics, the worst tornadoes in Florida happen during this time frame. El Niño is the weather condition caused by above average water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific causing the jet stream to dip further south than normal. It also causes storms caught up in that jet stream to be more intense.
In this article about Tornadoes and Weather Technology the authors remind us that tornadoes are extremely dangerous and difficult to see coming because they are localized weather events that don’t last long-usually less than 10 minutes. Despite all the advances in weather technology, tornadoes are nearly impossible to predict and thus warn residents in the path.
This story comes to us from Athens, Alabama and talks about commercial and residential development in the path of severe weather in the Tennesee Valley. This makes it difficult for city planners and a challenge for emergency managers, but they are coordinating and planning for the worst.
In another story from the United Kingdom just this past December a winter storm named Desmond soaked parts of England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway with flooding rain and storm surge that flooded local areas. There were also 100 mile-per-hour winds that caused power outages for tens of thousands. One area in the north of England received 10.34 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The storm was tapped into an “atmospheric river”-a long narrow plume of deep moisture from the tropics into the mid-latitudes. This particular atmospheric river was 5,300 miles long from the western Caribbean to southern Sweden.
In a related severe weather story about storm Desmond a weather office has told residents in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to brace themselves for more rain and power outages.
Here in the U.S. comes a story from the Seattle, Washington area about severe flooding, mudslides, road closures and power outages due to massive flooding that threatened Western Washington this past December. The National Weather Service meteorologists call this a “major flood event.”
It doesn’t matter much where you are, severe weather in winter can affect you with high winds, flooding rains, power outages and of course snowstorms. So do some planning ahead of time for an emergency situation that may find you without power at your house or stranded with no way to get water or food.
The best way to do that is with some of our Emergency Supplies including food and first aid stores. Don’t be caught unprepared. You never know when an emergency in the form of severe weather may strike your area.
How do you plan for an emergency? Do you have a supply of water and food on hand at your house? If not why not? Share your thoughts with us on this important topic!