Sunday, May 24, 2009

Public Information Statement

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN

111 PM CDT SUN MAY 24 2009

MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR TIME TO GET OUTDOORS THIS WEEKEND...AND
TO ENJOY THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY. HOWEVER...AS YOU HEAD
OUTDOORS...YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THE CHANCE FOR THUNDERSTORMS
WILL BE WITH US THROUGH TOMORROW. THIS MEANS YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE
LIGHTNING IN YOUR AREA AT SOME POINT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

REMEMBER...WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GET INDOORS.

WATCH FOR DEVELOPING THUNDERSTORMS...ESPECIALLY IN THE
AFTERNOON...AND SEEK SHELTER WHEN STORMS APPROACH YOUR AREA.
KEEP A WEATHER RADIO HANDY...ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO
BOATING...AND BE READY TO SEEK SAFE HARBOR IF STORMS DEVELOP. AN
ISOLATED BOAT ON THE WATER IS AN EASY TARGET FOR LIGHTNING. IN
FACT...ANY ISOLATED STRUCTURE TENDS TO ATTRACT LIGHTNING. THIS
MEANS...YOU SHOULD AVOID STANDING UNDER TREES...OR REMAINING ON
THE GOLF COURSE...WHEN THUNDERSTORMS MOVE IN. IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO
MOVE INSIDE A HOUSE OR OTHER STURDY BUILDING WHEN THUNDERSTORMS OCCUR.

ALSO...REMEMBER...THAT LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE...AND KILL...FROM AT
LEAST SEVERAL MILES AWAY. THE THUNDERSTORM DOES NOT HAVE TO BE
RIGHT OVER YOU TO BE DANGEROUS.

KEEPING LIGHTNING SAFETY IN MIND CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. WE...HERE AT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE
HOLIDAY.



Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

1 comment:

odysseus said...

It's a shame that NOAA is prohibited from developing a lightning alert network that could be made freely available to the public. Since lightning is the weather hazard that causes the most deaths, you'd expect the government would have the responsibility of warning the public with the latest available technology. Only costly commercial services can currently do this and according to a NOAA official, the government is not allowed to "compete" even to save lives. Isn't this pushing capitalism too far?

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