In this guide, you will find plenty of useful tips, information and videos we have prepared especially for you to keep your family safe when severe weather threatens northeast Ohio.
When storms strike, tune to Channel 3 News throughout the day, watch our weather radar over-the-air on digital channel 3.3, log on to wkyc.com for the latest warnings and follow us on Twitter @wkycweather and on Facebook at facebook.com/WKYC.Channel3.Weather
KNOW THE SEVERE WEATHER TERMS:
CRITERIA FOR A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING:
The National Weather Service will issue a severe thunderstorm warning based on ground spotter observations or via dual polarization radar when a storm has damaging straight-line winds of 58 mph or greater and/or hail 3/4 inch diameter or larger (golf ball size).
NOAA WEATHER RADIO SAVES LIVES:
NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. Known as the "Voice of the National Weather Service," NOAA Weather Radio is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The NOAA Weather Radio network has more than 425 stations in the 50 states and near adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories.
For less than the cost of a new pair of shoes, you can own a special weather radio that provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use -information that can save your life!
These weather radios are available at many retail stores that sell electronics and on-line retailers. Ask for them by name.
DOPPLER RADAR LOOKS INTO THE EYE OF THE STORM:
Over the past several decades, Doppler radar has proved to be an invaluable tool to weather forecasters, allowing them to see inside storms to determine where precipitation — be it rain, snow, sleet or hail — is falling, as well as providing the ability to detect rotation in the atmosphere, thus providing important clues as to where tornadoes may be forming.
In fact, Doppler radars are so good at detecting what's in the atmosphere that they detect things that forecasters don't care to see, such as birds and mosquitoes.
Dual-polarization radar has the ability to far better determine the type and intensity of precipitation than its conventional Doppler radar counterpart, which leads to better estimates of rainfall amounts, which in turn can lead to more accurate flood and flash flood warnings.
The dual-pol upgrade includes new software and a hardware attachment to the radar dish that sends and receives both horizontal and vertical pulses of energy, providing a much more informative two-dimensional picture. Conventional Doppler radars only send out a horizontal pulse of energy that gives forecasters a one-dimensional picture of whatever is in the air, precipitation or non-precipitation.
It can see precipitation, but can't tell the difference between rain, snow, or hail. Dual-polarization radar helps forecasters clearly identify rain, hail, snow or ice pellets, and other flying objects, improving forecasts for all types of weather.
Another important benefit: dual-polarization more clearly detects airborne tornado debris — allowing forecasters to confirm a tornado is on the ground and causing damage so they can more confidently warn communities in its path. This is especially helpful in the dark when ground spotters are unable to see the tornado.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A THUNDERSTORM OR TORNADO HITS:
WHAT TO DO WHEN A THUNDERSTORM OR TORNADO APPROACHES:
WHAT TO DO IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS DURING SEVERE WEATHER:
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED:
WHEN "THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS":
IF YOU ENCOUNTER HIGH WATER, "TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN":
BECOME A SKYWAN SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTER AND HELP SAVE LIVES:
You can help the National Weather Service by becoming a SkyWarn Severe Weather Spotter. SkyWarn members are a dedicated group of volunteers who watch the conditions carefully in their area during periods of strong to severe weather.
These spotters then report their observations directly to the National Weather Service who then issue warnings as necessary to the general public. Most spotters are amateur radio groups or ham radio clubs, although that is not a requirement.
If you would like more information about our local northeast Ohio SkyWarn program or to volunteer to become a local storm spotter, visit http://weather.gov/cle/SKYWARN
SEVERE WEATHER FUN FACTS:
Straight Line Winds
HOW CAN YOU BE "WEATHER READY":
WKYC has many ways for you to stay connected with us before, during and after the storm both on-air and on-line.
Channel 3 News is available on the following schedule every weekday:
Channel 3 News is available on the following schedule every Saturday:
Channel 3 News is available on the following schedule every Sunday:
Channel 3 will keep your #3Weather Ready throughout the severe season. Be sure to watch on-air and on-line for constant updates whenever severe weather threatens.