Pay Close Attention To Weather Warning Signs

Well, Winter is almost over! What a Winter it was all over the country, with record breaking snowfall amounts in the Northeast to the Southern States that typically don’t see the single digit temperatures and white flaky stuff. Who would have predicted the Super Bowl in Dallas to have freezing weather and poor road conditions? I am sure that wasn’t on the gambling card in Vegas! With that said it might just be a precursor to what will be in store for the Nation during Spring.

Spring is normally the time to enjoy the outdoors, work on the golf game, attend a few little league games, get the garden ready, brush the dust off the boat, etc. But this year could yield a stormier Spring.

We will all need to pay close attention to the weather. Spring time also means thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, flooding, etc. As most of the Midwest and Southern U.S. get ready for tornado season, the rest of the country is getting ready for torrential rains and snow melting away, filling the rivers and reservoirs. So pay close attention to what is going on in your part of the country.

Word to the wise: We must always heed the warnings of such events.

  • When you hear sirens go off this time of year – hint – chances are it’s not a test.
  • When the rain is falling down hard, don’t drive your car through rising water or around barricades (remember it only takes 6” of water to move your vehicle off the road).
  • Remember to check with your local river, lake, streams level monitoring sites. They provide up to the minute details and warnings in your area. The Amy Corp of Engineers will usually be the best place to start.
  • Pay close attention to your local weather channels. Monitor your own collection of moisture.
  • Make sure your roof and all outbuildings are in good shape, especially those of you in the snow country.
  • Clean out your gutters, drains, ditches, etc., to allow the rain to runoff as it was designed to do.