Severe Weather Safety - Be a Force of Nature
Updated March 8, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
March is here and now is the time to start planning for the 2015 severe weather season. Not coincidentally, this is the time of year when many local National Weather Service Offices hold their "Severe Weather Awareness Week", when residents of the U.S. are urged to consider what they will do when severe thunderstorms or tornadoes threaten.
Severe weather can happen anytime and anywhere. In fact, thunderstorms can occur any day of the year and tornadoes have been reported in all 50 states.
However, as the calendar shifts into spring the threat for severe thunderstorms increases as warm and humid Gulf air masses clash more and more often with cooler air across the U.S. Midsection. This leads to rounds of thunderstorm development. The peak of the season is usually April and May across the central U.S., with an increase in thunderstorms in the Northeast and Great Lakes in June and July.
So what can you do right now to prepare for a storm this spring or summer?
Take the time to identify any weak areas around your home so you can make repairs ahead of the spring storms. This includes any large trees that may need to be trimmed or removed. Be sure to discuss with family or friends evacuation plans so that you can quickly reach a safe spot - such as a basement or storm shelter.
It`s also important to know the role that the general public can play during severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Make it a habit to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to keep your circle of friends and family informed about impeding weather events.
Designed to help keep people safe and informed when severe weather nears, WeatherBug`s apps for mobile phones and computers can also help when storms approach. WeatherBug apps are available for mobile phones and tablets. For computer users, the WeatherBug website and desktop apps provide up-to-the-minute information and alerts.
WeatherBug delivers warnings from the National Weather Service as well as exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts that can provide warnings for thunderstorm and other types of severe weather 50 percent faster, on average, than any other weather app. Make preparations before the storm strikes, and check your WeatherBug for the latest information throughout severe weather season.
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Story image: Chasity Magee reacts near her family's mobile home at Oak Crest Trailer Park in Columbia, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The home was flipped on top of a neighbor's home during a storm that killed four people in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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