(Des Moines) The National Weather Service in Des Moines in conjunction with the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency has declared today as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Iowa.
“Winter Weather Awareness Day is somewhat like Severe Weather Awareness Day and it designed to let Iowans know that there are some hazards coming up in the winter time,” stated Jeff Johnson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. on. “Though they are not as high end as a tornado, they can still cause problems, particularly blizzards, ice storms and extreme cold temperatures.”
This year the National Weather Service has produced an informative brochure which discusses the various weather hazards.
“This will give you tips on how to build a winter weather kit for your car, winter maintenance on your vehicle, or maintenance on your generator to just name of few things,” said Johnson, adding, “take precautions now so that when winter happens you are ready for it.”
Johnson says this year; you can receive weather warnings directly to your cell phone. These messages come into select cell phones or smart phones. And it is an application that is pre-loaded depending on your carrier.
“So unless you opt out on the application consumers will receive Blizzard or Ice Storm Warnings text to you wherever you may be in the state.”
Johnson says the public should also know the difference between a Watch, Warning, and Advisory.
A Watch means a “chance” this condition will happen and usually covers a large geographical area for a lengthy time period.
A Warning means the said weather is already occurring or is likely to occur and to take proper protective measures. Warnings are usually issued for much smaller geographical areas and usually for shorter more definite time periods.
An Advisory is in between a WATCH and WARNING. The expected weather condition has a pretty good chance of occurring, even likely a chance of occurring, but typically an advisory is used for “less” severe type of weather conditions. A Wind Advisory might be issued or a Freezing Rain Advisory issued instead of a High Wind Warning or an Ice Storm Warning.
For more information you can log onto the National Weather Web site at weather.gov.
November 8, 2012