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Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

May 4, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

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Tornadoes occur mostly in the United States. On average, 1,200 tornadoes cause 1,500 injuries and 65 fatalities per year in the U.S. (source: spc.noaa.gov)

Here’s more about “tornado alley”, tornado facts, and how they form:

 
Also, a question for you…

For those who live with the threat of tornadoes, do any of you have a specific storm shelter integrated with your home or property? If not, what are your preparedness plans if a tornado is approaching?

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Lightning Facts and Fiction

April 17, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


Thunderstorm cloud, central Kansas

 

Observing the lightning within a thunderstorm, especially a severe thunderstorm is an awesome site to behold. A few nights ago while staying in central Kansas I had the opportunity to view several simultaneous severe thunderstorms which were producing stunning lightning in a continuous non-stop light show.

I observed the enormous towering cumulus clouds during the late afternoon as they were rapidly building into billowing pillars of bubbling frothing shades of white and gray. As the classic anvils formed on top of the two side-by-side distinct storms, I knew it was going to be a fun show…

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Windchill Frostbite Chart

December 14, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin

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Source: National Weather Service

Windchill Chart

The Windchill Chart shown above (from the National Weather Service) is a temperature index which accurately indicates how cold the air feels on human skin.

The Windchill Chart also includes a frostbite indicator which reveals the temperatures at which wind speed coupled with skin exposure time will produce frostbite (indicated within the three darker color shaded areas of temperatures versus 30, 10, and 5 minutes until frostbite sets in on exposed skin).

For example, using the windchill chart,
An air temperature of 0°F with a wind speed of 15 mph will produce a windchill temperature of -19°F. Under these conditions, exposed skin will freeze solid in approximately 30 minutes!

Another example, using the windchill chart,
Lets say you’re snowmobiling (skiing?) in an air temperature of -10°F (not very comfortable!) and you’re traveling 25mph. Any exposed skin will freeze solid in 10 minutes!.

Another example, using the windchill chart,
You’re a ‘diehard’ ice fisherman and out on the frozen lake with air temperatures hovering between 5°F and 0°F. The wind isn’t terribly strong, but steady across the lake at about 10-15mph. Guess what… you’re skin might freeze with frostbite in about 30 minutes…

Download and print your own full-size windchill frostbite chart on 8.5×11 paper:

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Preparing For A Hurricane

October 3, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin

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How To Prepare For A Hurricane

Beyond Just Flashlights And Batteries

 
How often have you heard this ‘typical’ recommendation (from ‘.gov’)?
For emergency preparedness keep a disaster supply kit containing 72 hours of food & water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a battery powered radio, and a First Aid Kit.

While those preps are simply logical, it seems ridiculous to even have to suggest them (who doesn’t already have a flashlight in their home?). What’s worse, it may be portrayed that these ordinary preps are adequate to weather the storm (hurricane?)! Really?

Here are a few recommendations to help make better decisions and judgements during a time when there’s a hurricane in the forecast:

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Tornado Preparedness – What You Should Do If…

May 13, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin

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Preparedness for a tornado.

During many months of the year, a large portion of the United States is at risk for tornadoes – as evidenced in the map above which shows tornado tracks from 1950 through 2011.

Given the potentially massive destructive power of a tornado, the best preparedness is that of awareness (more about this later…).

As you all know, the destruction of a tornado is narrowly focused in a swath as it cuts across the earth for several minutes or even a half-hour or more… mostly in a fairly straight line with some zigs and zags.

However the width of the swath may vary from say a hundred feet, to as much as a mile wide! And a tornado can ‘grow’ very quickly…

The following incredible video footage taken by Reed Timmer (storm chaser) of a tornado near Wray, Colorado a few days ago is a sight to behold.

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The Best Weather Alert Radio 2016

April 22, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin

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In this instance, ‘the best’ refers to the majority opinion of those who have reviewed various weather alert radios with their own varying set of criteria ranging from quality, features, price, and ease of use.

Although I have written about weather radios a number of times over the years, I again will emphasize the good preparedness of having your own at home. When minutes count, it may save your life.

Here is the best weather radio of 2016:

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Preparing For A Major Winter Snowstorm

January 21, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin

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Here is a list of things you might do while preparing for a major winter snowstorm or blizzard…

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