Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week
February 6 - 12, 2011
February 6-12, 2011 is Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Georgia. In 2010, there were 10 tornadoes across north and central Georgia with a total of 210 severe weather events, the least ever observed across the area. Despite the fact that severe weather across the area was less than normal during 2010, severe weather is still no stranger to north and central Georgia. This week is the prime opportunity to learn about severe weather, actions to take when severe weather strikes and review your families preparedness plan as each day is dedicated to a different topic that addresses severe weather preparedness. This year, the topics to be covered include:
An important aspect of severe weather warnings includes the information received from the public and spotters. Not only do reports help the National Weather Service to verify warnings, but they help meteorologists to better relate radar data with corresponding observed weather. If you observe hail (quarter sized or larger), wind damage or a tornado, report it to the National Weather Service at 1-866-763-4466. To learn more about the spotter program visit the Storm Spotter Information page.