Thunderstorm Season is Approaching. Are you Ready?

The National Weather Service wants everyone to be part of a Weather Ready Nation. Colorado is an annual host for tornadoes, flash floods, hail, killer lightning and wind damage. Are you Weather READY?  Now is the time to make sure you know How to stay safe when severe weather threatens.  The week of APRIL 14 - 20 is Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Now is the time to learn more about Severe weather in Colorado and develop severe weather preparedness plans. 

Each year for the past 20 years there have been an average of 50 tornadoes in Colorado, three people killed by lightning and another 13 injured by lightning. 

The National Weather Service offices which cover Colorado will issue a series of public information statements during the week covering the following topics:
  • Monday:  Watches and Warnings
  • Tuesday:  Tornadoes and Tornadoe Safety
  • Wednesday:  Flood and Flash Flood Safety
  • Thursday:  Downburst Wind and Hail
  • Friday:  Lighting and Lightning Safety
  • Saturday:  A Reivew of the Week

Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for a variety of thunderstorm hazards. Make sure you have a way to receive warnings. If you live in a community with a siren understand the protocol for sounding those sirens. If you have a relatively new cell phone you will receive tornado and flash flood warnings on your phone if you are in the area of the warning. NOAA Weather Radios are a great way to monitor the weather and receive warnings and they can be found and most hardware or electronics stores.

Safety information, watches, warnings, forecasts, past weather and much more information is available at  your local National Weather Service websites: