...INTRODUCTION TO WINTER WEATHER...PART 1...

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WINTER WILL BE HERE. ENJOY THE WINTER WEATHER...BUT USE COMMON SENSE.

...WINTER DAMAGE...
DID YOU KNOW THAT WINTER STORMS RESULT IN MORE TOTAL DAMAGE IN THE
STATE THAN ANY OTHER FORM OF SEVERE WEATHER?  DAMAGE TO VEHICLES AND
OTHER STRUCTURES IS COMMON.

...WINTER DEATHS AND INJURIES...
DID YOU KNOW THAT WINTER STORMS AND COLD TEMPERATURES KILL AND INJURE
MORE PEOPLE ACROSS WISCONSIN THAN OTHER WEATHER HAZARDS SUCH AS
TORNADOES...FLASH FLOODS...DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS..OR
LIGHTNING? MOST OF THESE DEATHS AND INJURIES ARE VEHICLE-RELATED AND
CONSIDERED INDIRECTLY-RELATED TO WINTER WEATHER.

WINTER WEATHER HAZARDS IN WISCONSIN RESULT IN THOUSANDS OF MOTOR
VEHICLE ACCIDENTS EACH YEAR.  SADLY...MANY OF THESE ACCIDENTS CAN BE
AVOIDED IF TRAVELERS WOULD USE COMMON SENSE...STAY ALERT...SLOW
DOWN...AND PUT THEIR HEADLIGHTS ON.

     -ON AVERAGE...ABOUT 50000 VEHICLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR EACH WINTER
       SEASON IN WISCONSIN WHEN ROAD SURFACES ARE SNOW...ICE...OR
       SLUSH COVERED...RESULTING IN ABOUT 45 DEATHS AND 5000
       INJURIES.

     -TYPICALLY...THE GREATEST NUMBER OF WEATHER-RELATED VEHICLE
       ACCIDENTS OCCURS DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND SEASONAL SNOW
       EVENTS...EVEN IF ONLY ONE-HALF INCH FALLS. IT TAKES A
       COUPLE SNOW/ICE EVENTS FOR DRIVERS TO ADJUST TO RECOMMENDED
       SLOWER TRAVEL SPEEDS.

     -CARBON MONOXIDE IS A SILENT KILLER. FAULTY FURNACES AND SPACE
       HEATERS CAN RELEASE CARBON MONOXIDE GASES THAT CAN KILL PEOPLE
       IN CONFINED ROOMS. USUALLY 10 TO 15 PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR IN
       WISCONSIN DUE TO CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

     -TRAVELING OR FISHING ON ICE-COVERED RIVERS AND LAKES CAN BE
       DANGEROUS. THE ICE THICKNESS IN THE EARLY AND LATE PARTS OF
       WINTER MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF
       VEHCILES AND SNOWMOBILES. SEVERAL PEOPLE USUALLY DROWN OR DIE
       FROM HYPOTHERMIMA AFTER THEIR VEHICLE COLLPASES THROUGH THIN
       ICE. CHECK WITH THE WISCONSIN DNR FOR ICE THICKNESSES.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COOPERATION WITH THE WISCONSIN
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ARE CO-SPONSORING A WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS
WEEK TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE 2013-2014 WINTER SEASON.  ALL THIS
WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING
WEATHER INFORMATION AND SAFETY TIPS VIA PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENTS ON THE NOAA WEATHER WIRE... AND ON THE NOAA WEATHER
RADIO...

ON MONDAY...... 1/  AN INTRODUCTION TO WINTER AWARENESS WEEK
                2/  THE WIND CHILL INDEX

ON TUESDAY..... 3/  WINTER WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
          ..... 4/  EXTRA PSA/S FOR MEDIA TAPING/READING

ON WEDNESDAY... 5/  THE METEOROLOGY OF WINTER WEATHER IN WISCONSIN
            ... 6/  EXTRA PSA/S FOR MEDIA TAPING/READING

ON THURSDAY.... 7/  THE IMPACT WINTER WEATHER HAS ON US
           .... 8/  ALL HAZARDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO

ON FRIDAY...... 9/  PREPARATION IN HOMES...AT WORK...ON THE FARM
                    ...AT SCHOOL...OUTDOORS...AND WHEN TRAVELING.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WINTER WEATHER...VISIT...

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/    

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=winter-wx-awareness

http://readywisconsin.wi.gov

http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov


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