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Welcome to the Spring 2007 Edition

In this issue:

The Lifesaving Value of a Timely Severe Weather Report
Stay Safe This Severe Weather Season

The Designated Weather Watcher

New Tornado Rating System
Storm Based Warnings
Severe Weather Climatology
Winter 2006-2007 Climate Summary
New Climate Product-
Local Three Month Temperature Outlook
The Storm Prediction Center
Tropics To Make An Active Return in 2007?
Weather Equipment Siting

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The Lifesaving Value of a Timely Severe Weather Report
By Dave Wert, Meteorologist-in-Charge

No doubt that if you are reading this newsletter, you are a weather enthusiast. You are interested in the unique changes that each day brings - from warm to cool, wet to dry, and everything in between.

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As a trained weather spotter, you may end up saving a life or two!

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Stay Safe This Severe Weather Season

by Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

 While severe weather can occur any time of year, the peak severe weather season runs from late spring through summer.
So, as we fast approach this potentially dangerous time of year, now is a good time to review some weather safety rules.

 

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THE DESIGNATED WEATHER WATCHER:
A CRITICAL COMPONENT TO YOUR SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY PLAN

by Phil Hysell

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Most prepared institutions may be lacking one vital component: The designated weather watcher.

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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
IMPROVES TORNADO RATING SYSTEM

by Phil Hysell

Enhanced Fujita Scale

 

NOAA’s National Weather Service has implemented the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale to rate tornadoes to replace the original Fujita (F) Scale.

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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS TO PROVIDE MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

by Phil Hysell

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 The National Weather Service will introduce this fall, storm-based warnings

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SEVERE WEATHER CLIMATOLOGY FOR THE WFO BLACKSBURG VIRGINIA
COUNTY WARNING AREA

by Robert Stonefield and James Hudgins

 

Tornado Tracks

A Historical Look at Severe Weather in this area...

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CLIMATE SUMMARY FROM DECEMBER 2006 THROUGH MARCH 2007

by Robert Stonefield

Ice Photo taken by NWS Employee on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mabry Mill, February 14th, 2007

 

 

One would guess that this Winter (December 2006 through February 2007) was far from normal

 

READ MORE TO FIND OUT HOW THE WINTER WAS AROUND HERE

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Local Three-Month Temperature Outlook

by Jan Jackson

This is a screen shot of the Local 3-month climate outlook page

 

There is a suite of new climate products available from the National Weather Service.

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Severe Weather Forecasts from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center

by Steve Keighton, Science and Operations Officer

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The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman specializes in the prediction of severe local thunderstorms.


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Tropics To Make An Active Return in 2007?

by Jim Hudgins

Tropical Storm Ernesto, August 31, 2006

Ingredients appear to be aligning for a return to above normal activity again for the 2007 season.

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Weather Equipment Siting

by Dennis Sleighter

 

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Where weather equipment is located will play a huge role in the accuracy of the measurements.

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