Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Severe Weather Awareness Day; 2008 hurricane video

Today marks Severe Weather Awareness Day for Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. the day is set aside to serve as a reminder to all Mid-South residents that just because the days are getting cooler, severe weather is still a possibility. In fact, the Mid-South has a "secondary severe weather season" during November and early December as strong frontal systems clash with warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico with more regularity as the seasons change.

Perhaps the most high-profile Mid-South severe weather outbreak during this season was the Germantown tornado of 1994 that killed 3 people. Can you believe that was 15 years ago on Thanksgiving weekend?? Here is some video that was shot during the search and rescue/recovery/clean-up efforts peformed by the Germantown Fire Department and Tennessee Task Force 1. Use this day to review your severe weather plan with your family and business and know what to do if severe weather strikes. Check your weather radio, or buy one if you don't have one! Of course, also keeps you up-to-date when severe weather strikes with the auto-updating Severe Weather Watch/Warning Map and WXLIVE!-Severe Weather e-mail notification service. Sign up to receive warnings as they are issued for your county! Another good reference is this Preparedness Guide from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross.

Also of interest, and many thanks to Paul Yeager at for directing me to it, NOAA's Environmental Visualization Laboratory (which has some pretty cool imagery) has released a video compilation of satellite imagery for the entire 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. It is just over 4 minutes long, but is very cool to watch. I highly recommend it. Check it out here.

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