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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
512 AM MDT WED APR 23 2014

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

THE WEEK OF APRIL 21 TO APRIL 25 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

BILL MURRELL
METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
RIVERTON WY
WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON

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