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Presentation from Carlisle County, Kentucky High School - March 19, 2012 - By Beau Dodson


  • 1. Severe WeatherSafety Keeping Your Family SafeBy Meteorologist Beau Dodson

2. Many people in our region are fascinated by weather.There is rarely a dull moment in our regions weather it is active it can be extreme. We live in an active region of the country 3. Weather can be beautifulPeople ask me if I storm chaseI chase snowstorms to photograph themI cover severe weather for emergency management, media, and for you behind a computer and radar screenPeople in our region are weather-aware 4. So, yes I do chase snowstorms!But when it comes to severe storms and tornadoes I am committed to emergency management, media, and others 5. Find me on Facebook under Beau Dodson WeatherFacebook and Twitter 6. EXTREME weather are you used to it yet? Weeeeeee Weeeee Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 7. Extreme Weather Events! Jena Hillebrand Photograph We should be used to it by now! 8. Extreme Weather Events! Ohio Valley Pre-Christmas Blizzard! 9. Extreme Weather Events!Chris Ellis Photograph Ice Storm 10. Extreme Weather Events! Remnants of Hurricane Ike 11. Extreme Weather Events! Catastrophic Ice Storm 12. Extreme Weather Events!Severe drought hits our region 13. Extreme Weather Events! The Great Flood 14. Extreme Weather Events!Larrah Workman Photograph2011 Tornado Strikes Bardwell, Kentucky! 15. Extreme Weather Events!Larrah Workman Photograph2011 Tornado Strikes Bardwell, Kentucky! 16. The Bardwell TornadoRadar images from the NWSRadar from April 23, 2011 17. Bardwell 18. The Bardwell Tornado BardwellRadar from April 23, 2011 19. Bardwell 20. Leap Year Outbreak 48 Tornadoes2012 21. Paducah, KY NWSForecast Area11 Confirmed Tornadoes & 13 Killed in the regionaloutbreak 22. Ogden Landing RoadNational Weather Service Photograph 23. Bandana, KYNational Weather Service Photograph 24. Harrisburg, Illinois The Southern Illinoisan 25. Harrisburg, IllinoisThe Southern Illinoisan 26. Harrisburg, Illinois 27. Ridgway, Illinois 28. Then a few days later Rare event March 2, 2012 29. March 2ndEvent160 TORNADOES 30. March 2nd Event37 Lives lost 21 Lives lost inKentucky 31. Historic? Top 3 largestoutbreaks soearly in the year Most EF3tornadoes in themonth of Marchin Kentucky 32. Henryville, Indiana Tornado Jenn Brindley Photograph 33. Social Media Photograph 34. Unheard of March Temperatures Extremely Rare 35. 2163 Records Last Week 36. Fourth Warmest Winter For the United States 117 Years Of Record Keeping 37. But wait! It isnt warm everywhere 38. Blue and green areas are below normal 39. Is the weather broken? Global warming or normal cycles? 40. Whats causing this? Global warming or normal cycles? 41. It is a complex issueAn important issue 42. Whats causing this? Global warming or normal cycles? 43. Our region experiences some of the nationsmost extreme weather!Not uncommon to have snow and tornadoes in the same week! Expect the unexpected! 44. What has all of the above meant for you?Fear of weatherCostly for your families $$$ 45. Tornadoes are not sexyHollywood version of disasters 46. You and I know this 47. This is Hollywood 48. This is reality AP Photo/Mike Gullett 49. This is reality AP Photo/Mike Gullett 50. This is reality Chris Landsberger Photograph 51. This is realityScaryTragicPainful Chris Landsberger PhotographAP Photo/Mike Gullett 52. 2011 The Year Of The Tornado Chris Landsberger PhotographTuscaloosa, Alabama AP Photo 53. Fighting backFirst respondersVolunteersWorking togetherEducating ourselvesPreparing our families Chris Landsberger PhotographThe National Weather Service needs your help! 54. The National Weather Serviceneeds your help!The NWS depends on spotters forground truth reports! They need your reports! 55. TEAM WORK! We need you to be on our team! SpottersRelaying informationWork together! 56. Paducah, KY NWSAnd ears! 57. Paducah, KY NWSGround Truth Reports! 58. What is happening on the ground 59. Paducah, KY NWS The Paducah NWS Office covers these counties 60. Who are storm spotters? A loosely organized group of volunteers whoprovide ground truth severe weatherinformation to the NWS, often in real time. Every NWS depends on spotter groups forinformation including hail reports, windreports, tornadoes, and damage assessment.The Paducah, KY NWS Depends on YOU and YOUR reports! 61. Who are storm spotters?.Wide range of individuals 62. Who are storm spotters?. Young and old alike can help with spotting 63. Who are storm spotters?. Normal people like you and me! 64. Of course the first storm chasers didnt have thetechnology we have today!First storm chaser 1939 65. Things have changed quite a bit over thecentury!Storm Spotting in 2012 66. Who Can Be A Storm Spotter? Anyone can be a severe weather spotter.Policemen, firemen, ham radio operators,weather enthusiasts and general public! 67. Why Are Spotters Needed? Confirmation! Better warnings Those downstream from your county We need more spotters! 68. The NWS depends on your reports to bridge the gap between what radar is showing and what is actually happening on the ground.Spotters are important to the warning process 69. What the NWS doesnt see can hurt you! Why should you care? Tornado Deaths From 2008-2011 70. This is why we careTo help reduce deaths and injuries fromsevere weather Tornado Deaths From 2008-2011 71. 2011 Was a tragic and devastating year marked with frequent and deadly severeweather outbreaksDisheartening for emergency management,first responders, forecasters, and thegeneral publicJoplin, Missouri Channel 13 72. This is why we need more spottersYou can help by joining the team! Become a STORM spotter Help keep your community saferWe need more spotters! 73. What do you report?I am going to make this easy! We need more spotters! 74. Spotter reports!Please do not assume the NWS knows what is happening on the ground.They depend on your reports 1-270-744-6440 Twitter - #nwspah #tristatewxNWS stands for National Weather Service 75. Chris Noles photograph Leonard Costanzo Photo 76. When reporting hail sizeCompare hail size to coins!Try to avoid saying marble size hail the reason for this Is because marbles come in many sizes. 77. When reporting a tornado Remember that it must be rotating in order for it to be a tornado!A funnel cloud is a rotating column of air that is not touching the ground.Once it touches the ground THEN it is a tornado 78. What we need most from you Wind damage reports Trees down size of trees trees blocking roadwaysLarge branches size of branches if possible Power lines downed by high winds Power poles snapped by high winds Hail nickel size or greaterHail covering the groundHail causing damage to structures or windows/windshields 79. What we need most from youStructural damage Windows blown out of houses or businessesDamage to property including roofs blown off buildings (be as specific as possible if it just a few shingles off a business or house then say that) Semi-trucks blown overVehicles blown off the road Barns blown downOutbuildings damaged 80. What we need most from you Flash flooding Is the water swift?Are roads being closed because the water is risingand covering them?Vehicles swept off the road?Are there any injuries or missing people? 81. If you are experiencing quarter size or larger hail report itIf trees and large limbs are being blown down report itIf you see a tornado - it is rotating then report itSignificant flash flooding report itWe need more spotters! 82. I encourage you to spot fromhome or work 83. I encourage you to spot from home or work! We dont need more people on the road! 84. 50-100 people scattered over a county is greatcoverage for gathering reports Spotters scattered over a county are valuable 85. 50-100 people scattered over a county is greatcoverage for gathering reports Spotters scattered over a county are valuable 86. Protecting your family!Most important to you Chris Landsberger Photograph 87. First who issues thewatches and warningsSecond the safety planChris Landsberger Photograph 88. UNDERSTANDINGEducation this is key! 89. AwareNOT ScaredEducation this is key! 90. We fearthe unknownEducation this is key! 91. I want youto be aware!Aware! 92. I am going to teach youhow to be INFORMED! Knowledge 93. When you leave here you should have a betterunderstanding ofHow the process worksOrganized way to view informationto help keep your family safer! Knowledge 94. Weather may seem chaoticBUT forecasters do a greatjob of giving you at least a headsup as to when severe storms mayoccurKnowledge 95. Not perfect Forecasters are not perfect andthere will be times when warningsare missed Knowledge 96. HOWEVER We usually do havea decent handle on whena weather setup may producesevere storms Knowledge 97. First I want to remind you thedifference between a WATCHand a WARNINGKnowledge 98. Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm WATCHESWatches mean stay alertand monitor for updates 99. Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm WARNINGSWarnings mean TAKE ACTIONSeek shelter when warnings are issued 100. Watch = monitorWarning = TAKE ACTIONSeek shelter when warnings are issued 101. Each day there is a processto learning whether or not we have a threat for severestorms.Your handout has those steps to help you make decisions! 102. Step 1Check the National Weather Service web-siteYOUR NWS Office is locatedIn Paducah, Kentucky! 103. Paducah, KY NWSNational Weather Service - Paducah, Kentucky 104. Step 1NWSThese are the people that issue the WARNINGS 105. They offer you dozens of weatherproducts to help keep you better informed! 106. This is not some distantgovernment agencyThese are local forecasters!They CARE about you and your community. 107. Local caring - forecasters 108. The forecasts and warnings that you hear on your weather radio are madeby humans these areyou