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Major Winter Storm – Meaning Southern Severe Weather

The headlines are all about the major winter storm that will leave parts of the Mid-Atlantic States paralyzed with FEET of snow in many areas.  But if you live in southern Mississippi and Alabama, Louisiana, southwestern parts of Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, this means severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes will affect your parts of the country.

The areas in yellow and orange face high probabilities for tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.

The areas in yellow and orange face high probabilities for tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail Thursday, January 21, 2016

WeatherCall reminds you to remain weather aware, wherever you live, but while you have days to prepare for winter weather, you may have minutes or even seconds to act when severe weather develops.  Our motto at WeatherCall is #LayersSaveLives.  What exactly does that mean?  In winter it means layers of clothing to protect your skin.  With severe thunderstorms, it means layering the ways you get vital information on storm warnings.

#LayersSaveLives

  • Get WeatherCall’s location specific services for as little as $9.95/year.  NEVER A FALSE ALARM.  ALWAYS RIGHT ON TIME! SIGN UP HERE NOW!
  • Get a NOAA Weather Radio ranging from $29.95 to $79.95 from Midland.  Remember it is a countywide alert that is not specific to your immediate area, but is a vital layer.
  • The PAID phone app offered by Weather Decision Technologies, iMap Weather Radio is a good layer at just under $10.  NO FREE APP IS RELIABLE for location specific warnings.  DO NOT TRUST FREE.
  • Stay tuned to a LOCAL television station that has an aggressive approach to severe weather.  They, too, will be talking about or ‘crawling’ across the bottom of the TV screens countywide information, but it another vital layer.
  • Outdoor warning sirens are very important in the warning process.  Don’t rely on them exclusively, but be aware of what they mean to your community.  It is, though, usually a countywide warning, triggering false alarms for you.

The second a warning is issued, TIME IS YOUR ENEMY.”

While social media is a good place for general information regarding weather it is a TERRIBLE PLACE to trust for time specific severe weather warnings.  Your timeline is stacked AGAINST you!  You are shown articles based on how often you interact with a social media provider.  Your timeline is not based on TIME.  You may see a tornado warning issued yesterday on your timeline tomorrow!  Too late to help you!

Keep these things in mind, and share this blog post.  Let’s make 2016 the year we help each other never be surprised by dangerous weather again!

-Brad Huffines, Chief Meteorologist, WeatherCall Services, bradh@weathercall.net

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