Friday, May 24 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:46:35 GMT
The list of the names is a part of rotating lists of names. For example, the list used in 2012 is used in 2018. Each storm will be named alphabetically. The lists of names are chosen by World MeteorologicalMore >>
The names for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:49 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:49:05 GMT
During the dry spells of recent years, many Alabamians became familiar with the yellow and red warning indicators of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map printed in newspapers and shown on TV weather reports.More >>
Alabama Drought Management Plan outlines for the first time state government's role in preparing the weekly snapshots of current drought conditions, and it specifies steps to be taken in response to potential drought conditions. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:08 GMT
It's that time of year again when our attention shifts from the spring threat of thunderstorms and tornadoes to summer's meteorological menace, hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from JuneMore >>
It's that time of year again when our attention shifts from the spring threat of thunderstorms and tornadoes to summer's meteorological menace, hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. Every April, Colorado State University releases a preseason forecast, and not everyone is a fan of those predictions.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:14 AM EDT2013-05-22 06:14:07 GMT
As reports emerge from Moore, Oklahoma, that nation has learned that schools caught the full impact of Monday's EF-5 tornado.Alabamians have also seen their share of devastation. Eight students died atMore >>
Tuesday, reporter Karen Church investigated how Alabama's newest schools, like Concord Elementary, are being designed to save lives. More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
We all know that thunderstorms can happen any time of the year and at any time of the day in Alabama. While all thunderstorms can produce dangerous lightning and flooding downpours, only a few turn severe. A severe thunderstorm is classified as one that produces one or more of the following:
-Winds of 58 MPH or greater -Hail 1" diameter or larger -A Tornado
Now is a great time to go over the difference between a watch and a warning. A WATCH is issued when severe weather is possible in a given area. A WARNING is issued when a severe storm is occurring or imminent in an area. Here's a way to remember the difference. A watch is like a yellow traffic light; you should use caution and prepare to take action. A warning is like a red traffic light, which means you should stop or take action immediately!
So here are some thunderstorm safety tips to think about before the severe storms arrive.
-Before the storm, prepare a severe weather safety kit and place it in your safe place. This kit should include batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, weather radio, water, medication, and any other pertinent items you may need in an emergency. You may want to keep any helmet in that safe place to, in order to protect your head.
-With a kit in order, you should review your family's severe weather plan at least monthly and again when a watch is issued for severe weather.
-If severe weather is expected, put the car in the garage and secure any loose items outdoors.
-Be ready to receive updates on the weather as soon as you know strong or severe storms are in the forecast.
-As a thunderstorm passes, you still want to avoid doors and windows and move into an interior room of your house. Hail and strong winds can break glass and cause injury.
These basic tips will help you and your family prepare for severe weather.
We're available 24/7 online right here at wsfa.com/weather. Like our page WSFA Weather of Facebook and follow us on Twitter @wsfa12weather for the latest automated updates and discussions. Have a NOAA Weather Radio programmed with fresh batteries when severe weather is near. This is a great tool to wake your family if you are sleeping. You can also text your county name to 41212 to receive severe weather text alerts.
Click on the link on the top right labeled National Weather Service Birmingham for more information on Alabama Severe Weather Awareness.