Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Join us for a "Severe Weather Roundtable" Google+ video Hangout #wxchat

Secondary severe weather season is quickly approaching and, in fact, the southeast U.S. (where secondary season is centered) has just experienced a regional severe weather event. It is a good time to bring severe weather preparedness and education back into the forefront.

To that end, on Thursday night, October 16, at 9pm will host a "Severe Weather Roundtable" discussion via live video-based Google+ Hangout. Joining MWN meteorologist Erik Proseus and other members of the MWN team on the panel will be local weather enthusiast and veteran of MWN hangouts, John Maddox, and special guest Rick Smith. Rick is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Norman (Oklahoma City), OK and has roots in the Mid-South. He knows Mid-South weather.

For one hour, panelists will discuss topics related to severe weather policy, procedure, and practice, answering some of your questions, such as:

  • "Why does a watch extend for so many hours when the severe weather will be occurring very soon?"
  • "Why do warnings not cover entire counties, and if they don't, why do I still hear sirens across my entire county?"
  • "I hear that the traditional Slight, Moderate, and High risk outlooks are changing. What does that mean, how does it affect me, and how will I know how bad the weather is going to be?"
  • "I always hear people say to have multiple ways of receiving warnings. What are the best ways to ensure that my family remains safe?"
  • And finally, "Why do some schools dismiss early on severe weather days and is that really a good idea?"

You will be able to watch the broadcast live, and ask your questions online, via our MWN Hangout page and our Google+ page. In addition, we'll be live-tweeting using the #wxchat hashtag on Twitter. You may also ask your questions via Twitter using the #wxchat tag. If you can't watch the broadcast live, a recording will be available on YouTube via the links above after the broadcast ends.

This discussion promises to be educational, informative, and perhaps even a bit controversial. We hope you'll be able to join us Thursday night at 9pm!

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