The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

March 20, 2013

Severe weather awareness week coming up

OTTUMWA — It's hard to believe with today's weather (that groundhog is in hot water with a lot of people), but severe weather season is right around the corner.

Next week is Iowa's severe weather awareness week. Each year the state asks people to brush up on their knowledge of severe weather and how to respond to it.

Last year wasn't bad in terms of Iowa's experience with damaging storms. After a fast start in 2012, the last of 16 Iowa tornadoes touched down May 24. The number was down by 68.6 percent from the prior year, enough for even seasoned meteorologists to take note.

No one is predicting a repeat of last year. And, since the major reason for the lack of storms was the drought, most people aren't hoping for a repeat.

Monday kicks off the week with one of the most lethal forms of severe weather: Flash flooding. And there's a critical difference with flash floods compared to most forms of severe weather. Almost half of the fatalities can be avoided by simply not driving into a flooded area.

Tuesday will focus on how to receive warnings about severe weather, while Wednesday is tornado day. Severe storms are the focus on Thursday and Friday is aimed at family safety.

The National Weather Service's Des Moines office has pdf files for each day available for download from its website. There's no absolute guarantee of safety in severe weather, but knowing how to respond can improve the chances of making the right decisions.

 

1
Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • Former Centerville teacher drowns in Creston

    A long-time Centerville Community School District teacher and coach has been identified as the man dive teams recovered from a southeast Iowa lake on Tuesday morning.

    July 30, 2014

  • Pella PD warns of recent scam

    This scam claims to be selling items on behalf of local schools.

    July 29, 2014

  • Firefighter photo What does it take to be an Oskaloosa firefighter?

    OSKALOOSA — It has been said that there is more to being a firefighter than just putting water to flame. Oskaloosa firefighters face significant dangers each time they go to the scene of a fire and must undergo vigorous training before they go into a

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 2.21.22 PM.png VIDEO: Dog 'faints' from excitement of seeing owner

    A reunion between a Pennsylvania woman who had been living overseas for two years and her pet schnauzer has gone viral, garnering nearly 20 million views on YouTube.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three year old case ends in prison term suspended

    A 36-year-old Moulton man was sentenced to five years in prison, all but 30 days suspended.

    July 29, 2014

  • halo-5-guardians-concept_wallpaper-1920x1080-53cf9b0098ea45ada37dc0f66bc174f5.jpg The Art of Kong

    OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • County attorney requests an assistant Monday morning the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors in the Courthouse boardroom moved to table a request from Appanoose County Attorney Susan C. Daniels to hire an assistant county attorney and amend her budget by $38,833.60 to cover the cost. T

    July 28, 2014

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Auditor: state budgeting better, relies on surplus DES MOINES (AP) — The state auditor in her annual review of the state budget says Iowa's political leaders have improved spending practices but Iowa still spends more than it takes in and covers the difference by dipping into a budget surplus. Audito

    July 28, 2014

  • Navy and Gold Gala photo Navy & Gold Gala proceeds support transportation needs

    The third annual Navy & Gold Gala had a wild west theme this year, part of an effort to keep things fresh and attract new people

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National