Preparing for Severe Weather

It is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska. We've already seen tornadoes. In many years we have Severe Weather Awareness Week to prepare you, but this year after already having tornadoes in February for the the first time ever in Nebraska, we've also had tornadoes in Lincoln County. It goes to show that we need to be prepared for severe weather any time of the year in Nebraska since now every month of the year has had a reported tornado.

It is not unusual to have tornadoes in March, but of course we think of severe months as April, May and June. In fact June on average has the most tornadoes. But we have had tornadoes in March. On average we get one tornado per March each year.

Other elements of severe weather we talk about are the high winds. Straight line winds can cause damage. We also have to deal with large hail, sometimes baseball size hail that can damage cars, crops and buildings. We also have to deal with lightning that can be deadly. The other factors we have to be aware of is flash flooding. Flash floods kill more people than any other weather event, usually from people trying to drive across flooded roads. One of the mottos of the NWS is turn around, don't drown.

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