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Free SKYWARN Training – May 25th

Free SKYWARN Training – May 25th

May 1, 2013

The National Weather Service will be conducting Basic & Advanced SKYWARN Weather Spotter training in Forsyth County on Saturday, May 25th.   SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training – Basic & Advanced Saturday, May 25th / 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Location: Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Building (Auditorium C) 1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem, NC...

Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Awareness Week – 2012

Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Awareness Week – 2012

Mar 2, 2012

Gov. Bev Perdue declared March 4-10 Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina and recommends that families have safety plans for home, work or school so they can respond quickly when tornadoes or severe storms threaten. In addition, the annual Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 9:30 AM. Please take a moment to review the...

Lightning Safety Week 2011 – June 19-25

Lightning Safety Week 2011 – June 19-25

Jun 17, 2011

  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! According to the National Weather Service, there were 29 deaths in the U.S. due to lightning in 2010. There has already been one lightning-caused fatality in North Carolina this year. Lightning deaths and injuries are preventable! Take the time to educate yourself by using the resources on this page to learn more about the...

Tuesday’s Message – Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Tuesday’s Message – Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Mar 1, 2011

This week has been declared North Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2011. Today’s severe weather topic is lightning. Five times hotter than the sun’s surface and killing more people annually than tornadoes, lightning is a deadly force of nature. There are some important facts that you should know and safety precautions that you should take...

Monday’s Message – Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Monday’s Message – Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Feb 28, 2011

This week has been declared North Carolina’s Severe Weather Awareness week for 2011. Today we will define severe thunderstorms and learn why it is important to remember….When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! …Severe Thunderstorms… In 2010 the National Weather Service redefined the hail criteria for severe thunderstorms. Hail stones must reach...

Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Thunderstorms

Jul 14, 2010

(Photo courtesy of Ken Cheek) According to the North Carolina State Climate Office, thunderstorms typically are 15 miles or less in diameter and last an average of 20 to 30 minutes. Downbursts and straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms can produce winds of 100-150 miles per hour – enough to flip large trucks and endanger airplane landings and...