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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!!

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!!

Jun 20, 2012

(Photo Courtesy of NOAA) Lightning Safety Week:  June 24-30, 2012 Lightning-related injuries and fatalities are preventable. NOAA’s National Weather Service provides an informative website with information about the science of lightning, lightning safety, survivor stories and other lightning resources.  Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go...

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...

Spring 2011 Edition of the “Changing Skies Newsletter”

Spring 2011 Edition of the “Changing Skies Newsletter”

Mar 14, 2011

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has just released their Spring 2011 Newsletter, “Changing Skies Over Central North Carolina.” The newsletter includes the following topics: 2010-2011 Winter Season Review NWS on Twitter Forecasters Study Lightning Severe Weather Safety Experimental Webpage Stormfest 2011 Drought Status NWS Hires New...

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 Weather Awareness Week 2011

Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Feb 25, 2011

Governor Bev Perdue in conjunction with the National Weather Service and Department of Crime Control and Public Safety have declared the week of February 27th through March 5th as Severe Weather Awareness week for 2011. All week long the National Weather Service will be issuing informative messages to help you prepare for severe weather. Severe weather topics...

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...

“Changing Skies”

“Changing Skies”

Jul 12, 2010

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has just released their Summer 2010 Newsletter, “Changing Skies Over Central North Carolina.”  The following topics are highlighted:  NOAA Hurricane Outlook Hurricane Preparedness Lightning in North Carolina and Safety Hazardous Weather Testbed (A look into the future) New Aviation Climatological References...