Weather Safety

Tornadoes strike northeast US

September 9, 2012 0 Comments
Tornadoes strike northeast US

Tornadoes are not unheard of in the northeastern United States, but they are rare.  And in September, they are extremely rare.  Nonetheless on Saturday, Sept. 5th a powerful cold front moving from the Great Lakes through New England spawned areas of torrential rain, strong wind, hail and isolated tornadoes in some unlikely places.    Confirmed […]

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Western wildfires seen from space

June 28, 2012 0 Comments
Western wildfires seen from space

The National Weather Service has released some incredible photos of the wildfires impacting the western United States.  In the included photo you can see what six wildfires in Montana and Wyoming look like from space.  The photos are from the MODIS satellite that snaps photos of our planet as it orbits Earth. In the photo […]

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Time For Lightning Safety

June 27, 2012 0 Comments
Time For Lightning Safety

This week is lightning safety awareness week in the United States and people must be more aware of the danger because lightning deaths have been decreasing in recent years. Back in the 1990s, if I recall correctly, about 80 or 90 people per year were killed by lightning. Now the average is down to 54. […]

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Photos of Colorado tornadoes

April 28, 2012 0 Comments
Photos of Colorado tornadoes

  Five tornadoes tore through parts of southeast Colorado yesterday, leaving several injured and causing considerable damage to farming communities.  According to the National Weather Service two tornadoes hit Prowers County, two tore through Kiowa County,  and one went through parts of Bent County in the early morning hours of April 27th. According to the Denver office of the National […]

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Tornadoes and Vehicles

April 18, 2012 0 Comments
Tornadoes and Vehicles

There are numerous shows on TV, like on Discover Channel or the Weather Channel, that glorify storm chasing.  They make it look so fun and cool to be out racing down the highway trying to get right up next to a monster tornado.   Despite being pelted with hail stones, flying branches, torrential rain, and lighting, […]

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Tornado & Severe Weather Safety

April 16, 2012 0 Comments
Tornado & Severe Weather Safety

  This is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  Luckily we haven’t had much in the way of severe thunderstorms yet, but that will likely change over the next month or so.  It’s always a good thing to review severe weather terms, safety tips, and refresh your severe weather preparedness plans.  Do you […]

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Flood Safety Awareness Week

March 12, 2012 0 Comments
Flood Safety Awareness Week

Did you know that March 12th – 16th is Flood Safety Awareness Week in the U.S.?  Flooding is one of the top weather killers every year in the country.  Of course it also produces huge amount of property damage.  I’ve seen some streams and small rivers out of their banks the past few days with […]

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Road conditions during weekend storm

February 25, 2012 0 Comments

Though the bulk of the heavy snow from this weekend’s storm system is tracking north of the major metro areas in Central Wisconsin, other communities are bracing for snow.  And a lot of it!  Given current forecast projections, the arrowhead region of Minnesota will “take it on the chin” so to speak.  Areas there are […]

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Disaster Tips, Plus La Nina Didn’t Matter (Yet)

February 10, 2012 0 Comments
Disaster Tips, Plus La Nina Didn’t Matter (Yet)

Every year we provide tips for surviving severe weather events here in Wisconsin. There is a Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Awareness Week, A Flood Safety Week, Lightning Safety, Safe Boating Week, and Winter Weather Awareness Week, just to name a few. While researching safety tips for an upcoming presentation, I thought I would look at some […]

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Become an official National Weather Service Storm Spotter!

February 1, 2012 0 Comments

The National Weather Service office in Green Bay, Wis. has released its first list of communities where it will be providing storm spotting training classes this spring. The schedule is preliminary.  Additional dates will soon be announced for the cities of Wausau, Rhinelander, Shawano, Marinette/Wausaukee, Door County and Chilton.  The current schedule for cities in […]

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