NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO HOST SEVERE WEATHER AND
May 6, 2005 — The NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices in the Pacific Northwest will host the first region-wide Severe Weather and Wildfire Awareness Week from May 9-15, 2005. The effort is to raise public attention to the dangers of severe weather and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and provide information to help protect life and property. (Click NOAA image for larger view of Incident Meteorologist, or IMET, Chuck Redman from the NOAA National Weather Service forecast office in Boise, Idaho, setting up the FireRAWS equipment near a wildfire in 2003. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)
"Education is key to a successful forecast and warning process and is the goal of this awareness week," said retired Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of the NOAA National Weather Service. "When National Weather Service forecasters warn the public of severe weather or wildfire hazards, it's important for citizens to know how to react in order to protect themselves and their property."
"Some people incorrectly believe that the Pacific Northwest does not get severe weather," said John Livingston, meteorologist-in-charge of the NOAA National Weather Service forecast office in Spokane, Wash. "Yet, history shows this region does get severe weather, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods."
"Wildfires are a perennial hazard in the Pacific Northwest," added John Jannuzzi meteorologist-in-charge of the NOAA National Weather Service forecast office in Boise, Idaho. "With most of the Northwest in severe to extreme drought conditions, wildfires may be a significant hazard this summer and fall."
Topics to be covered during Severe Weather and Wildfire Awareness Week:
May 9: Flood and Flash Flood Safety
May 10: Tornadoes, Tornado Safety, Special Marine Warnings
May 11: Wind, Hail, Lightning Safety
May 12: Wildland Fire Awareness
May 13: Watch and Warning Program
May 14: NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards Information
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