After all I learned, here's what you and I need to know and need to do:
- Check the local weather report once a day, perhaps every morning. The forecasts are pretty accurate 24 hours out. Get a sense of what's going to be going on, know whether to check later, too.
- Get a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) weather radio and leave it on at home and at work. Weather can change quickly, a NOAA radio will help you stay safe.
- The NWS website is accessible to every one of us. Just point and click! You can look at the detailed, robust, and identical information that every US television or radio station uses (including the Weather Channel). They all use the exact same data.
- Learn about your local weather threats, how to avoid them, and take warnings seriously. Tornadoes are a destructive force, but did you know that more people are killed from lightning strikes? However, the most people die from extreme heat and cold exposure each year. They provide the data, you and I must choose to react appropriately.