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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHEYENNE WY
749 AM MDT THU APR 23 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN WYOMING...

THE WEEK OF APRIL 20 TO APRIL 24 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN WYOMING. TODAY WE WILL DISCUSS LIGHTNING SAFETY
...AND WAYS TO RECEIVE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) PRODUCTS
AND SERVICES.

...LIGHTNING...

THERE HAVE BEEN 5 LIGHTNING DEATHS AND 62 INJURIES SINCE 2000 IN
WYOMING. LIGHTNING IS RANKED FIRST IN SEVERE WEATHER RELATED
FATALITIES AND INJURIES IN WYOMING FROM 2000 TO PRESENT.

LIGHTNING...BY DEFINITION...OCCURS WITH EVERY THUNDERSTORM.
THUNDERSTORMS TYPICALLY IMPACT THE COWBOY STATE FROM APRIL THROUGH
OCTOBER PEAKING IN LATE SPRING INTO EARLY SUMMER...WITH A SECONDARY
PEAK DURING THE MONSOON IN AUGUST. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST
WEATHER PHENOMENON. MOST LIGHTNING FATALITIES AND INJURIES IN
WYOMING OCCUR IN THE MOUNTAINS...BUT ANYWHERE OUTSIDE IS VULNERABLE
TO LIGHTNING.

LIGHTNING SAFETY BEGINS WITH KNOWING THE WEATHER FORECAST
AND WATCHING FOR APPROACHING STORMS. IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE
IMMINENT...POSTPONE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES UNTIL THE THUNDERSTORMS
PASS. THIS IS YOUR BEST WAY TO AVOID BEING CAUGHT IN A DANGEROUS
SITUATION. HOWEVER IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE AND HEAR THUNDER...SEEK
SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IN A STURDY BUILDING. IF A STURDY BUILDING IS
NOT AVAILABLE...TAKE SHELTER IN A HARD TOPPED VEHICLE. DO NOT SEEK
SHELTER IN SMALL SHEDS...UNDER ISOLATED TREES OR IN A SOFT TOPPED
CONVERTIBLE AUTOMOBILE. IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS AND NO SHELTER IS
NEARBY...FIND A LOW SPOT AWAY FROM TREES...FENCES AND POLES. IF
YOU ARE BOATING...GET TO LAND AND FIND SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. WHEN
THUNDER ROARS...GO INDOORS!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING CAN BE FOUND AT
WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

...METHODS FOR RECEIVING SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION...

ALL HAZARDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO DISCUSSED ON TUESDAY...BROADCASTS
CONTINUOUS WEATHER INFORMATION 24 HOURS A DAY...7 DAYS A WEEK.
DURING SEVERE WEATHER...SUCH AS DURING A TORNADO OR FLASH FLOOD
EVENT...THE NORMAL BROADCAST OF NOAA WEATHER RADIO WILL BE
INTERRUPTED BY A TONE ALERT...FOLLOWED BY CRITICAL LIFE SAVING
INFORMATION.

TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS DO A VERY GOOD JOB OF PROVIDING
SEVERE WEATHER COVERAGE. THEY PROVIDE VALUABLE INFORMATION
INCLUDING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WATCHES AND WARNINGS. IN
ADDITION...MANY BROADCAST STATIONS PARTICIPATE IN THE EMERGENCY
ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) WHICH ASSURES WARNING TRANSMISSION WHEN RADIO
STATIONS ARE IN AUTOMATIC MODE.

THERE ARE NUMEROUS WEATHER WEB SITES THAT SUPPLY WEATHER
INFORMATION. ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOME PAGES PROVIDE
REAL- TIME RADAR DATA...UPDATED WEATHER AND RIVER FORECASTS AND
INFORMATION ABOUT WEATHER SERVICE PROGRAMS SUCH AS PREPAREDNESS.

ALSO GET WARNINGS AND OTHER WEATHER INFORMATION FROM YOUR WIRELESS
DEVICES AT:

MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV FOR HTTP ENABLED WIRELESS DEVICES

CELL.WEATHER.GOV FOR WAP ENABLED WIRELESS DEVICES


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