Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the week of April 28th through May 2nd Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York. Each day this week, a different severe weather topic will be discussed. The hope is to make as many people aware of the dangers that severe weather can bring.
Severe weather has killed more than 50 people in New York over the last 20 years. When you factor in the number one severe weather killer, Flash Flooding, that number rises.
The National Weather Service urges media outlets as well as other public and private entities to help raise awareness during this week so that people’s lives can be saved.
By understanding severe weather terms and severe weather safety, lives will be saved. It is up to you to prepare yourself, your family and your property, for when severe weather strikes. Knowing these dangers and definitions will help you feel safe and even better prepared.
Today’s topic deals with severe thunderstorms.
What constitutes a severe thunderstorm? In New York and Pennsylvania, a storm is declared severe when several criteria are met. It must be producing hail of at least 1 inch in diameter, winds in excess of 58mph, or a tornado. Currently, the frequency of lightning DOES NOT determine if a storm is severe or not.
To find out what you need to do if a severe thunderstorm watch or warning is issued in your area, or if you would like much more detailed information on severe weather, please visit:
Severe Weather Preparedness