Thunderstorm Season Is Approaching:  Are You Ready?

The National Weather Service wants everyone to be part of a Weather Ready Nation.  Colorado is an annual host for tornadoes, flash floods, hail, killer lightning, and wind damage.  Are you weather ready?  Do you know how to stay safe when severe weather threatens? 

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week, April 14th to April 20th, as Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Now is the time to learn more about severe weather in Colorado and develop severe weather preparedness plans.     

Each year for the past 20 years there have been an average of 50 tornadoes in Colorado, 3 people killed by lightning, and another 13 injured by lightning. 

The National Weather Service offices which serve Colorado will issue a series of Public Information Statements during the week covering the following topics:

Monday: Watches and warnings

Tuesday: Tornadoes and tornado safety

Wednesday: Flood and flash flood safety

Thursday: Downburst wind and hail 

Friday: Lightning and lightning safety

Saturday: Review of the week

Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for a variety of thunderstorm hazards.  Make sure you have a way to receive warnings.  If you live in a community with a siren, understand the protocol for sounding those sirens.  If you have a relatively new cell phone you will receive tornado and flash flood warnings on your phone if you are in the area of the warning.  NOAA Weather Radios are a great resource for monitoring the weather and receiving warnings, and they can be found at most hardware or electronics stores.  

Safety information, watches, warnings, forecasts, past weather and much more information is available at your local National Weather Service web sites:        NWS Denver web site        NWS Pueblo web site    NWS Goodland web site               NWS Grand Junction web site is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.