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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
115 PM PST FRI MAY 1 2015

...PACIFIC NW SEVERE WEATHER CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF...

MONDAY MAY 3RD KICKS OFF THE PACIFIC NW SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
CAMPAIGN. THE BIG WEATHER MONDAY EFFORT ADDRESSES THUNDERSTORM
BY-PRODUCTS SUCH AS STRONG DAMAGING WINDS...HEAVY RAINS AND FLASH
FLOODS...HAIL...AND TORNADOES AND WATERSPOUTS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) SEATTLE AND ALL NWS FORECAST
OFFICES IN THE REGION WILL BE USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO SHARE YOUTUBE
VIDEOS AND TWEETS REGARDING HAIL...FLASH FLOODS...WINDS AND
TORNADOES THAT ORGINATE FROM THUNDERSTORMS.

THUNDERSTORMS AND ALL THEIR BY-PRODUCTS DO OCCUR IN THE PACIFIC
NW...JUST NOT ALL THAT OFTEN. THAT FACT MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT
TO LEARN ABOUT THEM SO WHEN THEY DO OCCUR...WE KNOW WHAT TO DO TO
STAY OUT OF HARMS WAY. FOR INSTANCE...THERE WERE TWO TORNADOES IN
WESTERN WASHINGTON LAST YEAR INCLUDING THE WATERSPOUT JUST OFF
ANDERSON ISLAND IN PUGET SOUND IN MID-OCTOBER.

TO GET THESE FUN AND FACT-FILLED PIECES AND TO SHARE THEM WITH
FRIENDS AND FAMILY...LIKE THE NWS SEATTLE FACEBOOK SITE AND FOLLOW
NWS SEATTLE ON TWITTER.

ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN JUNE...THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES WITH THE FOCUS
ON WILDFIRES. THIS UPCOMING FIRE SEASON LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE QUITE
ACTIVE ACROSS THE REGION INCLUDING WESTERN WASHINGTON. AND IN LATE
JUNE...THE BIG WEATHER MONDAY WILL ADDRESS LIGHTNING...COINCIDING
WITH THE NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY WEEK.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PACIFIC NW SEVERE WEATHER
PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN ALONG WITH SOME GREAT PHOTOS OF REGIONAL
EVENTS...VISIT:

HTTP://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/SEASONAL/SEVEREAWARENESS/2015/?WFO=SEW

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