2011 Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week Info

A quick look at the National Weather Service Colorado Weather Map for today serves as a great primer for Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week - April 10-16, 2011.  Declared by Governor Hickenlooper, Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week is a partnership between the National Weather Service, the Division and local government services to highlight Colorado-specific conditions, weather information and resources to keep Colorado residents and visitors aware and safe.

Any day in Colorado - particularly in the Spring months - we can have red flag warnings/wildfire conditions, winter storms, avalanche warnings, flooding and winter weather advisories... all within a few hundred miles of each other!

For many, the snow conditions, variety of terrain and raw nature of Colorado is why we stay or come here to enjoy and call Colorado "home."  With our variety of weather conditions, however, it is important to spend time understanding, learning and refreshing ourselves with weather safety.  For this reason, this week, we at the Division and the National Weather Service will be posting a series of articles, links and tips to help you understand what conditions exist and how to prepare.

Specifically, this week we will be taking a closer look at: Monday:  Watches and Warnings; Tuesday:  Flood and Flash Flood Safety; Wednesday: Tornadoes; Thursday:  Downburst Wind and Hail; Friday:  Lightning and Lightning Safety; Saturday:  The Severe Weather Week in Review

NWS Colorado Map for April 10, 2011:  red - red flag warnings; 
blue- winter storm advisories; pink - winter storm warnings
We will be looking at each of these subjects with an eye towards hazard-specific preparedness steps you can take, such as those available from READYColorado and the wide variety of sources available to help you stay informed at the local level via radio, internet, mobile alerts and more.

To find NWS info for your location, check out the following regional NWS Offices online:

NWS Denver - www.weather.gov/den
NWS Pueblo - www.weather.gov/pub
NWS Goodland - www.weather.gov/gld
NWS Grand Junction - www.weather.gov/gjt

View, download or link to Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011 Proclamation