Monday, March 21, 2005

Stormy Tuesday?

You may have seen me show this graphic this morning on Today In Alabama. With this week being Spring Break, I wanted to make sure the kids had some direction in case we have a nasty day tomorrow! We REALLY need to make sure our family knows what to do in the event of severe weather. At my house, my wife and boys know that the walk-in-closet in the hallway is the best place to go when a tornado warning is issued. Of course, they know when a warning is issued because we have a NOAA weather radio that alrams us when weather is moving in!

Storm TEAM 12 can give you all the information in the world, but we can't wake you up in the middle of night or interupt your dinner! The weather radio can! We understand that you can't have WSFA on 24 hours a day (feel free to if you want though!), that's why we fully endorse and promote having a NOAA weather radio. Go out and get one today. Once it goes off, turn us on, and we'll give you all of the information you need to prepare for the storm.

For those of you "weather junkies" out there, I have a website I want you to checkout today. It's the Storm Prediction Center, and you can access it by clicking here. Click around through this site and email me any questions that come up. The convective outlook section shows you what threats we face in an upcoming severe weather event. It breaks down the percentage chances for hail, high winds, tornadoes, etc. Keep in mind that a 15% chance of any severe weather is something to be worried about... especially when you are referring to tornadoes! It's not like rain chances!

You can also get storm reports from places that have already been hit by clicking here and you can get an idea of what the SPC is watching by clicking here. It's called the Mesoscale Disscussion. Many times you can find an area that will have a severe weather watch before it is ever issued to the public! Pretty cool, huh?

Have fun looking at that site, but remember to have a plan ready in case we have a busy day tomorrow! Make sure the kids know what to do while they are home for Spring Break!!! Feel free to email me at

PS- If it is ugly tomorrow, the blog may be delayed or not updated... BUT I may update it tonight from home if I see something interesting in the newer computer model data coming in the afternoon! If you really want to see some weather geek stuff... check out the computer models we always talk about by clicking here!

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