Severe Weather

Weather Awareness Event Calendar (for each state)

General Severe Weather Awareness

National Severe Storms Laboratory Severe Weather 101

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     Floods...The Awesome Power (PDF)

     Flood Safety

     Turn Around, Don't Drown

Lightning Safety

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning...Nature's Most Violent Storms (PDF)

Weather Spotters' Field Guide (PDF)

2013 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week Information Packet (PDF)

Winter Weather

Winter Weather Awareness

Winter Storms...The Deceptive Killers (PDF)

Wind Chill Index Information


NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
National Weather Service Main Page

List of SAME codes for individual counties:            

Nebraska Kansas


Interactive coverage map:            

Nebraska Kansas


More detailed coverage and transmitter information

Eastern Nebraska

South Central Nebraska & North Central Kansas

North Central & Western Nebraska

Extreme Southwest Nebraska & Northwest Kansas

Brief Reference Guides (printable 1-2 pg PDF files)

Severe Weather Terminology

Thunderstorm Safety

Tornado Safety

Lightning Safety

Flood Safety

Facts & Myths

Other Information

Heat Index

Natural Hazard Weather Fatality, Injury and Damage Statistics

Enhanced Fujita Scale Information

Additional Safety and Awareness Publications

Annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium

 Weather for Kids!!

Below are some fun and helpful links providing weather-related information for kids, teachers, and parents.

Clicking on the title will open the website in a new window.

Playtime for Kids - A National Weather Service website with a lot of great information about topics including hurricanes, winter storms, thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes, and lightning.  Also includes links for coloring books, games, and puzzles!

Owlie Skywarn - Owlie, a mascot for the National Weather Service, teachs about the hazards of severe weather which include tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, flash floods and winter storms.

  • Owlie's Weather Books (Large PDF files):

                        Tornadoes               Lightning

                        Floods                     Winter Storms

Billy and Maria - NSSL Coloring book series for children who want to learn more about the weather, these pdf files can be printed and used for weather education in the classroom or at home.

Lightning Safety for Kids
- Help keep you and your family safe from the dangers of lightning.  This site includes safety tips and activities, including Leon's Lightning Safety Game!

National Weather Service's Education Resources - This page offers information for children, teens and young adults. Materials range from coloring books, puzzles and games, to lesson plans, brochures, satellite images, and career information for weather related fields, such as meteorology, hydrology and climatology.

NOAA Weather Ranger - An educational and outreach product of the Southeast River Forecast Center, this site offers information about flood safety.  Includes PowerPoint presentations, videos, coloring books, and posters.  

National Severe Storms Laboratory Resources - Contains a comprehensive resource list for those who want to teach weather and climate, along with lessons in basic weather map analysis and interpretation.  Decision-making information about staying safe during hazardous weather is available, as well as questions and answers about various weather phenomena.

NOAA's Education Resources - NOAA's many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.

National Weather Service Glossary - This glossary contains information on more than 2000 terms, phrases and abbreviations used by the NWS. Many of these terms and abbreviations are used by NWS forecasters to communicate between each other and have been in use for many years.

Links to agencies outside of the National Weather Service:

FEMA for Kids
- A Federal Emergency Management Agency website which teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage.  You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid.

The Official Kids' Portal for the U.S. Government - Find links to government and other kids' sites -- grouped by age and subject. Explore, learn, and have fun!

Red Cross - This website provides information on how to prepare for emergencies. 

Red Cross Masters of Disaster - Getting better prepared for disasters and other emergencies can now be a fun activity for the whole family! The Masters of Disaster series is an educational tool that parents and educators can use to teach children how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other emergencies. This series covers 11 topics that address specific types of disaster - weather-related, geological and human caused.

For Educators For Families

For Kids Only - Earth Science Enterprise website from NASA shows how they study land, water, air, and natural hazards. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.