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Weather awareness is key in 2024

By April 16, 2024No Comments

Yes, it seems that Ohio is already experiencing a higher-than-average number of tornadoes this year. While tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, they are most common in the spring and early summer months. As of April 16th, data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that a staggering 28 tornadoes have hit Ohio, much more than the annual average of 19 tornadoes. 

Tornado outbreaks are often the result of a clash between warm and cold air masses. When warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico meets cooler, drier air from Canada, it creates atmospheric instability. This, combined with wind shear (changes in wind speed and direction with height, a key factor in tornado formation), can lead to the formation of supercell thunderstorms that produce tornadoes.

Storm preparedness is essential to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe during severe weather conditions such as tornadoes. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

1. Stay informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. You can also sign up for alerts on your phone or via email.

2. Create an emergency plan: Develop an emergency plan with your family and ensure everyone knows what to do in case of a tornado. Identify a safe location in your home, such as a basement or storm cellar, where you can take shelter.

3. Prepare an emergency kit: Put together an emergency kit that includes essentials such as water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, flashlights, and batteries.

4. Secure your property: Secure or bring indoors loose items such as outdoor furniture, toys, and tools before a storm hits.

5. Practice tornado drills: Practice tornado drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather conditions and stay safe during a tornado. It’s important to stay informed about the latest weather forecasts and warnings if you live in Ohio, especially during the spring and early summer months. According to the National Weather Service, more spring storms are forecasted for 2024 in Ohio, which could lead to an increased risk of tornadoes. Having a plan and preparation for severe weather conditions is crucial. Stay tuned to local news and weather updates, and take necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.