& SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
According to FEMA, the U.S. has an average of 1,000 tornadoes per year more than any other country in the world. Tornado season is generally March through August in most areas of the country, although tornadoes can occur at any time of year. They usually occur in the afternoon and evening hours as temperatures drop.
Because warning can be limited with tornadoes, preparation is key. Keep in mind the following points when a tornado watch (when a tornado is possible) or warning (when a tornado is spotted) is cited in your area:
funnel cloud - A rotating column of air coming down from a cloud but not touching the ground.
hail - Precipitation in the form of balls or clumps of ice produced by thunderstorms.
satellite tornadoes - Small tornadoes that are born off of major tornadoes and can go off in their own destructive path.
SKYWARN - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations network of volunteer tornado spotters.
tornado watch - This alert is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. This is the time to remind family members where the safest places within your home are located.
tornado warning - This alert is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
waterspout - A tornado that occurs out in a body of water.
The F scale is widely used to convey severity of tornadoes. The F scale relates the degree of damage to the intensity of a tornado and is the only widely used tornado rating method.
After a Tornado
THE HELPFUL PLACE
WHAT'S ON SALE
ACE REWARDS PROGRAM