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Weather Word Wednesday : Winter Storms

January 5th, 2011 No comments

This is the first of the Weather Word Wednesday series, where each Wednesday I take a word or set of words found in weather reporting or meteorology, and let you know what they mean! My aim is to educate and help you understand what’s really being talked about on your favorite weather report, blog, or publication. Today we are going to talk briefly about Winter Storm advisories, watches and warnings!

Winter Storm Advisory: An advisory is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) when a significant winter storm or hazardous winter weather is occurring, imminent, and is an inconvenience. This means bad weather is happening right now or will happen soon, but it won’t be as bad as what you get with a Winter Storm Warning.

Winter Storm Watch: A watch is issued when significant winter weather, like heavy snow, sleet, significant freezing rain, or a combination of events, is expected, but not imminent. A warning provides about 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather.

Winter Storm Warning: This is issued when significant winter weather is occurring, imminent, or likely, and is a threat to life or property. If you hear a Winter Storm Warning for your area, you should probably remain inside with a nice cup of hot chocolate! But be prepared to dig yourself out later!

During the course of any given winter, you are likely to hear all three of these weather statements issued at one time or another. Even here in Arizona, we get Winter Storm Warnings when the occasional super heavy snowstorm rolls through. It’s good to have a basic understanding of the urgency associated with each of these weather statements, as it ultimately helps you get prepared for the weather ahead. Keep an eye on the TV, or an ear to the radio, and always know what’s happening outside!

Sources : The Weather Channel

Arizona Tornado

October 6th, 2010 No comments

It’s not often we get a tornado in Arizona, but today we got TWO of them, within minutes of each other! Thanks to a low pressure system in California creating some serious storms in Arizona, the conditions were just perfect for this type of activity. Unfortunately, 7 people were injured, and lots of property destroyed. Check out the video capture of this event.

Severe Weather Sign

June 19th, 2010 No comments

Severe weather shelter sign in Columbus, OH airport.

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National Weather Service (NWS)

February 22nd, 2010 3 comments

If you plan on following the weather seriously, you should bookmark the National Weather Service. Operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the NWS web site provides you with detailed weather information for all of the United States. Of particular interest to those who love to track the weather are:

  • Detailed warning information
  • Forecast discussions
  • Graphical forecasts
  • Forecast discussions with a glossary to help you understand terms
  • Radar
  • Satellite
  • Severe weather

There is tons more there, and it’s all worth a look. You can get local forecasts, with great discussions about them, for your local area. You can also monitor severe weather in the event that you’re looking to do some storm chasing. And, you can watch the satellite to see when that next rain or snowstorm will hit your area. The NWS site is a treasure trove of information for people like me who love the weather. Check it out, and I’m sure you’ll find it interesting as well!

Bad Weather On The Horizon!

February 20th, 2010 No comments

I’ve been thinking about this blog recently, and decided to take it in a new direction. I’ve really wanted to do a blog about weather related subject, and while thinking about a blog name, I realized I already had the perfect one in “Thunderstruck!” So, starting in the very near future, you can expect this blog to be almost 100% weather related. I’ll focus both on weather basics, as well as severe weather subjects. I’m really hoping to go storm chasing in Tornado Alley this spring or summer, and expect to return back with tons of pictures like the one below (not taken by me).

I hope you like the new direction of this blog, and I look forward to and welcome your comments. Thanks for visiting “Ive Been Thunderstruck!”

An awesome looking supercell!

An awesome looking supercell!