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2017 Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Preparedness Week

2017 Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Feb 21, 2017

Severe Weather Preparedness Week in NC is March 5 through March 11, 2017. Be prepared for weather events that affect our part of the state during the Spring and Summer months. Please take a moment to ‘LIKE’ ReadyForsyth on Facebook to receive the most recently updated information from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management. We also...

Prepare for Severe Weather!

Prepare for Severe Weather!

Mar 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week in NC is March 3rd through March 8th. Be prepared for weather events that affect our part of the state. Visit National Weather Service’s new website: Be a Force of Nature. This website is specific to our area in North Carolina and is managed by the Raleigh NWS Office. At this website learn how to “become a force of...

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...

FREE Advanced Weather Spotter Training – March 2012

FREE Advanced Weather Spotter Training – March 2012

Jan 31, 2012

The National Weather Service will present the Advanced SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training in Winston-Salem on March 6th, 2012. The class is designed to help students better understand the meteorology and dynamics behind all types of severe weather. The class will provide insight into the thunderstorm spectrum and describe how and why different types of...

FREE Severe Weather Spotter Training Offered in February

FREE Severe Weather Spotter Training Offered in February

Dec 21, 2011

Become a WEATHER SPOTTER and learn to identify severe weather patterns and report your findings to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service will present the BASIC SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter program to help participants understand the warning process. Discussions of how and why buildings fail in high winds as well as thunderstorm...

Recovery Begins for Hurricane Irene

Recovery Begins for Hurricane Irene

Aug 29, 2011

North Carolina is picking up the pieces from the brutal assualt of Hurricane Irene. Power is being restored and many shelters are closing. Although the storm surge on the beaches has receeded, several rivers in Eastern NC are still at flood stage. Unfortunately, there were 6 deaths in NC due to storm-related incidents; most of those were caused by fallen...

Publications and Resources for Hurricanes and Tropical Systems

Publications and Resources for Hurricanes and Tropical Systems

Aug 25, 2011

Hurricanes and tropical storms that affect North Carolina normally form in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of western Africa between the months of June and November with the peak season occurring in early September.  The strength of hurricanes is rated by the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Below are links to websites and other resources for hurricane...

2011 Hurricane Season Outlook

2011 Hurricane Season Outlook

Jun 6, 2011

  Click here to view a 20 minute presentation that discusses past hurricane seasons, what to expect for the 2011 Hurricane Season, the ingredients for an active season and where to find resources to help you prepare. Presentation provided and produced by Jeff Orrock, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh,...

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011 – May 22-28

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011 – May 22-28

May 20, 2011

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30. Hurricane Preparedness Week is a great time to brush up on your hurricane knowledge and planning. NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness website is a valuable reference tool. You will find links and the following daily topics on this website: Sunday – Hurricane History Monday – Storm Surge...

28 Tornadoes Caused Destruction & Fatalities in NC on April 16th

28 Tornadoes Caused Destruction & Fatalities in NC on April 16th

Apr 20, 2011

TWENTY-EIGHT tornadoes cut paths across North Carolina on Saturday, April 16th, 2011. This number exceeds the number of tornadoes that caused destruction across the state in 1984 (click here for a summary on the 1984 event). This makes this event the largest tornado outbreak in our state’s history with respect to shear number of tornadoes as well as the...