Storm Prediction Center

Tornadoes are wreaking havoc across the continental U. S. this month, even in states not usually considered to be at high risk, such as Virginia.  The jury appears to be still out on why–global warming?  Better detection technology and reporting?  Probably some of both.  Here’s an excellent site provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)–their Storm Prediction Center:  On the site, severe weather warnings are available from the link above the map.  If you don’t have a weather radio to give you alerts about approaching storms, you can keep an eye on the situation nationally or in your locality via this NWS site.

Peak Tornado Season Approaches

As you can see from the NOAA map below (click to enlarge), peak tornado activity occurs at different months of the year.  March, for example, begins peak tornado season for states in the Southeast, whereas peak tornado season in New England doesn’t begin until June.  Nationwide, April and May are the months with the most tornadoes, so now is a good time for all of us to look over our tornado procedures and make sure that staff are trained on how to respond to both a tornado watch and a warning.

October 26, 2010

Yesterday was a very active weather day across the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Numerous tornadoes were reported and wind damage was wide spread. Here’s a NOAA Storm Prediction Center map of yesterday’s storm reports. You can see this dynamic map anytime by clicking on Yesterday’s Storm Reports in the left column of the Toolkit.

Severe Weather Day 10/26/10

As a line of severe weather moves across the Midwest, spawning tornadoes as it goes, it is important for us all to take a look at our tornado procedures. If you are in the line of storms, are you listening for tornado watches and warnings? Do you have a way to notify staff and patrons if a tornado warning is issued? Have you identified areas in your building that can be used to shelter in should a tornado strike?

And here’s a nice little tornado preparedness video: