Severe Weather Awareness Week - Be a Force of Nature
Updated March 4, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
March is here and now is the time to start planning for the 2014 severe weather season. Not coincidentally, this week is National 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, anywhere, as seen last November across the Midwest and Illinois, when at least 70 tornadoes roared across seven states.
However, the calendar shifts into spring and threat for severe thunderstorms is increasing 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 April and May across the central U.S., with an increase in thunderstorms in the Northeast and Great Lakes in June and July.
The theme to this year`s National Severe Weather Awareness Week is "Be a Force of Nature," calling on U.S. residents to do what they can to prepare and help out as necessary before and during a storm. Take the time this week to identify any weak areas of your home so you can make repairs ahead of the spring storms. 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.
This year`s theme also plays into a 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 to thunderstorm and other types of severe weather 50 percent faster, on average, than any other weather app so you can Know Before. Click here
to download these applications.
Make preparations before the storm strikes, and check your WeatherBug for the latest information throughout severe weather season. Be sure to keep WeatherBug active to receive the latest weather in your neighborhood and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter
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