Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama and Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee have proclaimed Alabama and Tennessee's Severe Weather Awareness Week this February to be from Sunday, February 15th through Saturday, February 21st. To end the week, the State of Alabama will host a sales tax holiday for preparedness items. Damaging winds from severe thunderstorms are much more frequent than tornadoes in the Tennessee Valley. If you have not done so already, this is the time of the year to check your preparedness plans. Across the Tennessee Valley, it is important to BE PREPARED for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the entire year! The most active period of severe weather and tornadoes in the Huntsville Forecast Area historically occurs during the months of March through May. Tornado Safety in Schools Brochure (PDF) - Tips and suggestions for keeping students safe in the event of a tornado, including a poster you can fill out with local safety information. Flash Floods and River Floods - While tornadoes are a big threat to the area, flash flooding kills more people per year than any other weather hazard. Tennessee Valley Tornado Database - Check out details on the tornadoes that have hit the area since 1874. Tennessee Valley Tornado Tracks Database - See tornado images of previous tornado tracks on Google Earth here since 1950.


Funnel Cloud: A funnel-shaped cloud, extended outward or downward from a thunderstorm, that corresponds to a rotating column of air. Tornado: A violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground.
Straight-line Winds: Generally, any wind that is not associated with rotation, used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.
Flash Flood: A sudden inundation of water in low-lying areas, usually brought on by heavy rain, dam break, rapid snowmelt or ice jams. Watch: The potential exists for severe weather to occur within the next 8 hours but the exact location and timing is not known.
Your National Weather Service, the Alabama and Tennessee Emergency Management Agencies, and other supporting organizations, ask your help in providing your relatives, friends, and neighbors with information about severe weather safety.
Check to make sure your emergency kit is complete and use this opportunity to get any missing items. In fact, EF-3 to EF-5 tornadoes (strong to violent) are most typical during these months and a heightened weather awareness is even more important.
If the rotation is violent and reaches the ground, the funnel cloud is associated with a tornado.
Action can be taken to protect property such as putting your vehicle in the garage, putting away patio furniture, etc.


Immediate action should be taken to protect yourself by going to the lowest portion of a sturdy building, or into a closet, hallway or room without windows. The following graphics show the number of public reported severe weather related events across Wyoming. Although severe weather outbreaks, along with the potential for strong to violent tornadoes, are more common during March, April and May, severe weather can happen at any time throughout the year here in the Tennessee Valley.
Do not look for additional confirmation when a Tornado Warning is in effect for your area!!  Be prepared to take immediate action!
Weather Emergency Messages (WEA) are broadcast through cell phone towers in the warned area and alert directly on your phone. The unprecedented tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 was a grim reminder of how dangerous severe weather can be across the Tennessee Valley. So, take time NOW to learn more about severe weather and develop a safety plan of action when severe weather watches or warnings are issued. The severe weather season in Wyoming runs roughly from mid-April through September with the majority of the severe weather occuring between 2 p.m.



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