April 7th, 2017 5:01 PM by Mary Ellen Hornung
us look forward to spring each year. Longer days, milder temperatures and
nature’s blooms put us in a better frame of mind. There is, however, a darker
side, because spring’s emerging warmer air and the remaining colder atmosphere
of winter often collide, with dangerous results.
North America, spring weather patterns produce a broader array of storms than
any other season of the year. Severe spring storms with hail and lightning,
tornadoes and flash floods, rip currents along the seashore, an occasional
tsunami and quick bursts of heat all produce dangers that should never be
treated lightly. The seven suggestions that follow will enable you to be
‘weather aware,’ knowing in advance when to be on notice for a severe weather
event and, most important, what to do when such an event occurs.
1. Start the day by checking the weather forecast.
Weather services are usually on top of conditions that suggest severe weather
2. Have a previously prepared communications plan for family
members and friends. Establish predetermined meeting places and have sufficient food
and water supplies on hand for as much as three days.
3 Share your weather-ready stories on social media with the
You can post photos of your emergency supplies kit and let friends know how to
reach you during emergencies.
4. Turn around and away from rushing water. We
all think ‘it can’t happen to me,’ but flash flooding is the number one killer
associated with severe weather. Six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock
over an adult; 12 inches of rushing water will carry away a small car; two feet
of rushing water can carry away almost any vehicle.
5. Lightning strikes the United States as many as 25 million times
a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be
struck at any time of year.
6. Heat is a leading weather-related killer, and hundreds of deaths
occur each year throughout North America. During a heat wave,
avoid strenuous outdoor activities until the coolest time of the day, drink
plenty of water, and spend time in locations with air conditioning.
7. Pay attention to your smartphone alerts. Enable
your smartphone to receive weather alerts.