Severe Weather Tips

31 Deadly Weather Facts + A List Of The Most Dangerous Weather Events

May 22, 2011

I love finding interesting weather facts. The ones that I'm going to share with you in this post (unfortunately) have nothing to do with pretty rainbows, awesome sun dogs, amazing clouds, or beautiful sunsets. These facts cover some of the most dangerous and deadly weather conditions that many of us face each year. I'm talking about rain, snow, cold snaps, heat waves, lightning, hail, strong winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other deadly forces of nature! … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Used A Lightning Map? These Cool Lightning Strike Maps Show You Where Lightning Is Happening Nearby

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It was storming one afternoon when I decided to look for something that might help me find out how close the lightning bolts were outside. (They were really close... and the thunder was deafening!) I surfed the Internet on my mobile device and soon found a lightning strike map that gave me virtually real-time information on where the lightning was striking. I was testing the lightning map during the storm just to see how accurate it was. Wow... it was reporting nearby lightning … [Read more...]

Lightning Safety Tips: 5 Ways To Stay Alive When Lightning Strikes

Lightning Safety

Lightning isn't just a startling light show in the sky. It's a potentially dangerous natural phenomenon that has injured and killed many people over the years. Don't let lightning strikes catch you off guard!   The Dangers Of Lightning Strikes Lightning dangers go beyond injuries and death to humans. Animals are also frequent lightning victims. Buildings can be severely damaged by lightning strikes, many times catching on fire. Forest fires are also often sparked by … [Read more...]

What Is A Polar Vortex & Why All The Hype?

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It seems like the media has helped make the words polar vortex another popular weather phrase that everyone is using now to describe really cold weather events. Don't forget, there was also snowicane, snowpocalypse and snowmageddon... It may just be me, but there's much more fuss about cold weather these days than there used to be. The Weather Channel didn't help when they started naming winter weather systems during the 2012/13 winter season. … [Read more...]

How To Prevent A Heart Attack When Snow Shoveling – Tips That Could Save Your Life!

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Shoveling snow can feel like moving a ton of bricks sometimes. There's a reason people call that wet, heavy white stuff heart attack snow.   Shoveling Snow And Heart Attacks According to the American Journal of Cardiology and Lancet, the number of ischemic heart disease deaths rose by 22% during the week of a major blizzard and stayed above average for the following 8 days. A study from the Centers for Disease Control suggests 1,200 Americans die during or after a blizzard … [Read more...]

What To Do If Lightning Strikes Your Car

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Being on the road in a car while lightning is flashing all around me is something I don't think much about when it's happening, given that I was born and raised in Florida, a state historically known as the Lightning Capital of the World. But, I have always wondered what would happen if lightning were to hit my car while I was driving. How do I stay safe in that situation? I have grown up hearing that cars are generally a safe place to be during a thunderstorm, and that lightning really can’t … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Getting Your Roof Gutters Ready for Spring Snowmelt

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Your roof gutters may have been designed to handle rainfall, but if you live in the northern climes, your gutter system may also have to handle winter storms and the subsequent melting snow. While the amount of snowmelt you experience will differ from year to year, melting snow nevertheless always poses hazards to you and your home. From falling ice that can damage your car to black ice that can form on the ground below your roof's drip line and cause potentially serious injuries, snowmelt … [Read more...]

Hurricane Shutters & Hurricane Windows: How They’re Different From Standard Windows And Shutters

Retrofitting your existing home or building a new one with the aim of resisting hurricane-force winds can be an expensive but worthy endeavor. One area many homeowners are especially prudent to focus on improving the durability of their windows and protecting windows and doorways from high winds and flying debris. The best way to ensure protection against brutally high winds is to install hurricane shutters and hurricane windows. But what's the difference between hurricane shutters and … [Read more...]