Thunderstorms can lead to flooding. Never drive through flood waters. [ Link ]

NWS Severe Thunderstorm Safety Tips
A Tornado Watch has been issued for central Oklahoma and northern portions of Texas. When a Watch is issued, you need to be prepared. Make sure you know what to do if a tornado is headed your way:
Locate where in your home you would go if there was a tornado headed your way. Do this NOW so you'll be prepared!

NWS Tornado Safety Tips
Want to report hail size or strong winds to your local NWS office? Find them on social media and tweet/post your reports. [ Link ]

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A tornado WATCH means BE PREPARED. A tornado WARNING means TAKE ACTION.

If there is a tornado watch pay extra close attention to the weather and be ready to act, because tornadoes are possible. If there is a tornado warning, find shelter immediately, and move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building, because a tornado is occurring or will shortly. Avoid windows and cover...
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NWS Tornado Watch vs Warning
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed much of north Texas and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area in a Moderate Risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon into tonight. The potential exists for an outbreak of severe thunderstorms capable of producing destructive winds, very large hail, and tornadoes.
Do you live, work or play on the coast? Do you know your community’s tsunami risk? Your community may have identified and mapped tsunami hazard and evacuation zones. Check out links to tsunami maps on this page [ Link ] or ask your local/state emergency management office or your local NWS forecast office for more info. #TsunamiPrep
Active period of severe weather likely over portions of the southern and central U.S over the next several days.

Below are SPC Outlooks for Saturday and Sunday. Note the enhanced risk (orange) shading for damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes over Oklahoma and northern Texas on Sunday. Keep an eye to the sky if you live in these locations.
The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that over 100 people die each year due to rip currents in the U.S. This spring break, Break the Grip of the RipⓇ! #SpringSafety #BeachSafety
Severe thunderstorms can produce damaging hail! The largest hail stone recorded in the US measured 7.9 inches, and a 3 inch hailstone can fall to the ground as fast as 107 mph. Find shelter, stay indoors, and stay away from windows. [ Link ] #SpringSafety
Critical fire weather conditions expected for parts of the US today. Do you know what to do in a wildfire situation? [ Link ]

NWS Wildland Fire Safety Home Page
Be Ready, Be Firewise. Learn more [ Link ]
High winds can make driving dangerous. If driving during windy conditions, slow down and keep two hands on the wheel, avoid large trucks and trailers, and be aware for downed tree branches and power lines. Bridges and overpasses can be particularly dangerous to drive over when it is extremely windy so choose routes to avoid them. [ Link ]
Today is World Meteorological Day! This year's theme is "Understanding Clouds". Clouds play a pivotal role in weather forecasts and warnings. They help to drive the water cycle and the entire climate system. Throughout history, they have inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts.
Visit the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) website for more...
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World Meteorological Day - 23 March 2017
Critical fire weather area for portions of the NM, TX, & CO. Red Flag Warnings are issued when conditions are ongoing or expected to occur within the next 24 hours. Learn more
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Stay safe this spring break! Only swim at beaches with lifeguards on duty. The chance of drowning at a beach with lifeguards is 1 in 18 million.[ Link ] #BeachSafety #SpringSafety
Severe weather possible for the High Plains and lower Mississippi Valley. Prime conditions for the spread of wildfires across the southern/central High Plains. Increasingly active and wet pattern for northern California up to the Pacific Northwest coast and east to the northern Great Basin/Intermountain West. [ Link ]
Thunderstorms will pose a threat for large hail, damaging wind gusts and perhaps a couple of tornadoes in parts of the southern through central High Plains Thursday evening.
Additionally, sustained winds 35-45 mph and low relative humidity will lead to dangerous fire-weather conditions Thursday afternoon as an extremely critical fire-weather threat will extend from the TX Trans-Pecos northward...
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Showers and storms can be seen all along the West Coast today from our network of weather radars -- one of the most valuable tools we have! Our radars will certainly get a work out this week as thunderstorms are expected to track eastward across the US. For more information on thunderstorm safety visit:
The North American Mesoscale Forecast System (NAM) is one of the major weather models run by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) for producing weather forecasts. Today, the NAM was updated to version 4.0. The new version introduces a number of improvements including increased resolution to the data it provides, providing much more-detailed forecast information for...
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