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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
818 AM CST SUN NOV 16 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK KICKS OFF SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL OBSERVE THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16TH
THROUGH NOVEMBER 21ST /2014/ AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK FOR
THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND TENNESSEE.

WHILE THE FREQUENCY OF EXTREME WINTER WEATHER EVENTS IS RELATIVELY
SMALL ACROSS NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...SNOW...
ICE AND COLD CAN CAUSE SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY DAMAGE...INJURY...AND
EVEN DEATH ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. WITH THE START OF EACH NEW
WINTER SEASON...PREPARATION AND AWARENESS ARE KEYS TO LESSENING THE
DANGERS AND HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER WEATHER.

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IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE PREPARED "AHEAD OF THE STORM" AND FOLLOW
SOME SIMPLE SAFETY TIPS AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS BEFORE THE WINTER
SEASON:

** STOCK UP ON FOOD...MEDICATION...AND WATER WELL AHEAD OF A WINTER
   STORM.
** HAVE A SECONDARY SOURCE OF HEAT AND POWER -- GENERATORS...
   CANDLES...BATTERIES OR FIREWOOD.
** LAYER CLOTHING AND WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES/MITTENS.
** AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL BUT ALWAYS CARRY EMERGENCY SUPPLIES IN
   YOUR VEHICLE.
** REPLACE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO.
** AVOID OVER-EXPOSURE TO THE COLD. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA ARE
   VERY SERIOUS CONDITIONS AND CAN RESULT IN PERMANENT INJURY AND
   EVEN DEATH.

IF YOU MUST TRAVEL /ESPECIALLY LONG DISTANCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY/...
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR VEHICLE:

* ICE SCRAPER AND BRUSH
* SAND OR CAT LITTER FOR TRACTION
* MOBILE PHONE /AND CHARGER/
* FLASHLIGHT
* BATTERIES
* BLANKETS / SLEEPING BAGS
* FIRST AID KIT
* WATER
* NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS
* POCKET KNIFE
* WATERPROOF MATCHES
* SHOVEL
* TOOL KIT
* TOW ROPE
* VEHICLE BATTERY JUMPER CABLES
* ROAD MAPS / GPS EQUIPMENT

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RECENT SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER EVENTS THAT HAVE AFFECTED NORTH
ALABAMA AND/OR SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE:

FEBRUARY 11-12 2014:
A STORM SYSTEM DUMPED 4 TO 7 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW ACROSS MUCH
OF NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. OFFICIALLY AT
HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...A TWO-DAY TOTAL OF 5.1 INCHES
OF SNOW ACCUMULATED...WITH AROUND 4 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND
THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 13TH.

JANUARY 2014 "ARCTIC COLD" BLAST:
NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE EXPERIENCED SOME OF
COLDEST AIR IN NEARLY TWO DECADES DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF
JANUARY /2014/. ON JANUARY 6-7...MANY AREAS SAW TEMPERATURES
DROP INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS...WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS BELOW ZERO!
AT HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...THE TEMPERATURE BOTTOMED
OUT AT 4F DEGREES ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 7TH. THIS WAS THE
COLDEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN HUNTSVILLE SINCE FEBRUARY OF
1996!

JANUARY 9-10 2011:
HEAVY SNOW IMPACTED MUCH OF NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN TENNESSEE AS
A STRONG GULF COAST LOW INTERACTED WITH AN EXISTING COLD AIR MASS.
SIX TO TEN INCHES OF SNOW WAS COMMON ACROSS THE AREA WITH SEVERAL
LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTHWEST ALABAMA RECEIVING AROUND 1 FOOT OF FRESH
SNOW IN LESS THAN 12 HOURS! SNOWFALL RATES WERE AS HIGH AS 2-3
INCHES PER HOUR AT TIMES...AND A RARE OCCURRENCE OF "THUNDERSNOW"
WAS EVEN REPORTED AROUND HUNTSVILLE. THE 8.9" OF SNOW OFFICIALLY AT
HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS THE 3RD LARGEST SINGLE EVENT
SNOW STORM ON RECORD /DATING BACK TO 1874/. MEASURABLE SNOW WAS ON
THE GROUND FOR 8 DAYS IN HUNTSVILLE -- ALSO A RECORD.

FEBRUARY 15 2010:
A WINTER STORM TRACKED ACROSS THE REGION AND BROUGHT A PERIOD OF
MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL ACROSS SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WERE REPORTED...WITH THE HEAVIEST
AMOUNTS ALONG THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU NEAR THE TOWN OF SEWANEE.

JANUARY 29 2010:
A WINTRY MIX OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW IMPACTED MANY AREAS
ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY THIS DAY. UP TO 1/4 INCH OF ICE
ACCUMULATED ON TREES...CARS...SECONDARY ROADS AND POWERLINES...
MAINLY NORTH OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER. IN ADDITION TO THE ICE...ONE TO
TWO INCHES OF SNOW FELL OVER THE SAME LOCATIONS CREATING DANGEROUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF SLEET AND SNOW
OCCURRED IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

JANUARY 2-10 2010 "FRIGID" TEMPERATURES:
DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF JANUARY...VERY COLD AIR SETTLED ACROSS
THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. AT THE HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...THE
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE BETWEEN JANUARY 2ND AND JANUARY 10TH WAS
31.4 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE DURING THIS PERIOD WAS
15.8 DEGREES. TO PUT THIS MORE IN PERSPECTIVE...THE "NORMAL" AVERAGE
HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR HUNTSVILLE DURING THIS PERIOD IS AROUND 51
DEGREES...AND THE "NORMAL" AVERAGE LOW IS 32 DEGREES.

--------------PAST "HISTORICAL" WINTER WEATHER EVENTS--------------

MARCH 12-14, 1993 -- "STORM OF THE CENTURY"
A VERY LARGE AND POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM DUMPED SNOW FROM THE GULF
COAST TO NEW ENGLAND...INCLUDING AN OFFICIAL 7.3 INCHES OF SNOW AT
HUNTSVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST
ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN TENNESSEE WERE HAMMERED WITH 1 TO 2 FEET OF
SNOW...INCLUDING 17 INCHES AT VALLEY HEAD /DEKALB COUNTY/ AND 12-15
INCHES AROUND SCOTTSBORO /JACKSON COUNTY/.

NEW YEARS STORM - 1963-64:
AN ALL-TIME RECORD SNOW EVENT FOR THE CITY OF HUNTSVILLE THAT DUMPED
AN UNPRECEDENTED 17.1 INCHES OF SNOW OVER THE AREA IN A 24-HOUR
PERIOD.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WINTER WEATHER SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS...NWS
WATCH/WARNING/ADVISORY INFORMATION...VISIT THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE WEB PAGES (ALL LOWER CASE):

HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/HUNTSVILLE
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/WINTER

YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW NWS HUNTSVILLE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AT:
NWS HUNTSVILLE - FACEBOOK IDENTIFIER
@NWSHUNTSVILLE - TWITTER

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