Archive for March, 2014

Public Information Statement

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
526 AM EDT FRI MAR 28 2014

WIND INFORMATION FOR THE PAST 10 HOURS…

LOCATION HIGHEST OB TIME WIND PEAK WIND OR AND OB TIME PEAK OB TIME GUST

LAFAYETTE 24 MPH / 109 AM 46 MPH / 130 AM INDIANAPOLIS 32 MPH / 254 AM 40 MPH / 140 AM TERRE HAUTE 35 MPH / 1253 AM 44 MPH / 141 AM MUNCIE 30 MPH / 353 AM 44 MPH / 359 AM BLOOMINGTON 26 MPH / 153 AM 43 MPH / 130 AM INDIANAPOLIS EAGLE CREEK 18 MPH / 243 AM 32 MPH / 250 AM

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Special Weather Statement

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
459 PM EDT WED MAR 26 2014

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…LAFAYETTE…FRANKFORT…KOKOMO…
CRAWFORDSVILLE…ANDERSON…MUNCIE…INDIANAPOLIS…TERRE HAUTE… SHELBYVILLE…BLOOMINGTON…COLUMBUS…VINCENNES…BEDFORD… SEYMOUR
459 PM EDT WED MAR 26 2014

…GUSTY WINDS EXPECTED THURSDAY…

WINDS WILL BE GUSTY THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON THURSDAY AS LOW PRESSURE APPROACHES FROM THE PLAINS. PEAK SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED FROM LATE MORNING CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAY.

WINDS OF THESE SPEEDS MAY MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT AT
TIMES…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. ADDITIONALLY…SMALL UNSECURED OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN ABOUT AND SMALL LIMBS COULD BE DOWNED.

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Public Information Statement

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT SAT MAR 22 2014

THIS WEEK HAS BEEN SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA. PREPAREDNESS AND ACTION ARE THE KEYS TO SAFETY DURING ANY KIND OF HAZARD. YOU HAVE LEARNED THE ROLE OF THE MANY PLAYERS THAT ARE INVOLVED BEFORE…DURING AND AFTER DISASTERS.

IF YOU DO NOT TAKE ACTION DURING WARNINGS OR DO NOT KNOW THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO TAKE…THEN WARNINGS ARE USELESS AND NATURAL HAZARDS CAN BECOME NATURAL DISASTERS.

YOU MUST…REPEAT MUST…PLAN FOR AND RESPOND TO EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. DEVELOP A PLAN…PRACTICE IT…AND TAKE ACTION FOR WARNINGS OR WHEN WEATHER THREATENS. ALSO HAVE HANDY A FIRST AID KIT…BATTERY OPERATED RADIO FLASHLIGHTS AND FRESH BATTERIES. POST EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY THE PHONE. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHERE AND WHEN TO SHUT OFF UTILITIES. BE SURE TO HAVE ADEQUATE INSURANCE AND AN ACCURATE INVENTORY OF ITEMS.

IF A TORNADO THREATENS…GO TO THE LOWEST AVAILABLE FLOOR AND TO AN INTERIOR AREA SUCH AS A BATHROOM…HALLWAY OR CLOSET. HAVE A SAFE AREA PLANNED FOR EACH FLOOR AND EACH ROOM IN CASE THERE IS NO TIME TO REACH YOUR SAFEST LOCATION. IF OUTSIDE…TRY TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS. AT PUBLIC FACILITIES…FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THOSE IN AUTHORITY.

MOBILE HOMES ARE NOT SAFE AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED LONG BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES. VEHICLES ARE NOT SAFE EITHER. FIND STURDY STRUCTURE IMMEDIATELY OR GET IN A DITCH AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY SHOULD KNOW WHERE TO FIND EACH OTHER AFTER THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS PASSED. HAVE A MEETING PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER OUTSIDE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FOLLOW THE ASSISTANCE FROM AUTHORITIES. CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY IF YOUR HOME IS DAMAGED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WORKS WITH ITS PARTNERS…HOMELAND SECURITY…THE RED CROSS…EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AND THE MEDIA TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR MANY TYPES OF HAZARDS.

THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE ROLE EACH PARTNER PLAYS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES OFFICIAL WATCHES AND WARNINGS… SENDING THESE THROUGH NOAA WEATHER RADIO…TO THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC AGENCIES. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DISSEMINATES STORM SPOTTER REPORTS AND PROVIDES WEATHER SAFETY TRAINING TO ANYONE INTERESTED.
NEWS MEDIA HELPS PROTECT THE PUBLIC BY BROADCASTING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS. THEY BROADCAST CONFIRMING INFORMATION ON DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CARRY IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGES. THE MEDIA REPORTS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS AND PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH INFORMATION ON HOW TO REACH FOR HELP IN RECOVERY.

THE MEDIA EDUCATES PEOPLE ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AND WEATHER SAFETY.

STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS PLAN FOR AND RESPOND TO EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. THEY RELAY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS THROUGH LOCAL WARNING SYSTEMS. THEY FACILITATE RECOVERY EFFORTS AFTER DISASTERS. THESE PUBLIC SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS ALSO PROMOTE WEATHER SAFETY BY SCHEDULING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN SPOTTER CLASSES. THEY ALSO WORK WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS… BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE SAFETY PLANS ARE IN PLACE PRIOR TO DISASTERS.

EACH YEAR…MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED BY
TORNADOES. SOMETIMES THERE IS WARNING…OTHER TIMES THERE IS NOT.

ULTIMATELY…YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHEN TO TAKE ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED OR THE SKY BECOMES THREATENING. IT COULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF YOUR LIFE! SO HAVE A DISASTER PLAN IN PLACE AND DO PRACTICE DRILLS TO MAINTAIN IT.

FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON ALL WEATHER…INCLUDING SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS…VISIT YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.

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Public Information Statement

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
800 AM EDT THU MAR 20 2014

…TORNADO DRILL DAY TODAY…

TEST TORNADO WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED TODAY BETWEEN 1000 AM AND 1030 AM EDT AND AGAIN BETWEEN 730 PM AND 800 PM EDT. FRIDAY IS MAKE-UP DRILL DAY IF SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS TODAY.

SCHOOLS…BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRACTICE THEIR SAFETY PLANS DURING THE DRILLS TO ENSURE THE PLANS WORK PROPERLY. DISCUSS WHAT TO DO WHEN WATCHES ARE ISSUED. TAKE ACTION WHEN WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. REVIEW WARNINGS ACTIONS AND UPDATE THEM IF NEEDED.

THE TEST WARNINGS CHECK FOR QUICK AND ACCURATE INFORMATION
DISSEMINATION FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES TO COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS…PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS. ALL OF US WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THE PROCESS WILL WORK WHEN REAL EVENTS OCCUR.

THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA WILL RECEIVE AND DISSEMINATE THE TEST
INFORMATION AS THEY USUALLY DO…IN BROADCASTS…PAGES OR E-MAILS.

THE STATE POLICE WILL RECEIVE AND DISSEMINATE TEST WARNINGS TO COUNTY AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. COUNTY OR CITY OFFICIALS MAY SOUND THEIR TORNADO SIRENS AND CONTACT THEIR SCHOOLS…BUSINESSES AND MEDICAL RELATED FACILITIES.

AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS WILL ACTIVATE SKYWARN OPERATIONS WITH COUNTY NET CONTROL OPERATORS MAKING HAM RADIO CONTACT WITH SKYWARN CONTROL CENTERS AT EACH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS…NOTE THE FOLLOWING. ENSURE YOUR E A S EQUIPMENT CAN RECEIVE THE /T O R/ CODE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADIOS WHICH WILL ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. AUDIO TEXT LESS THAN TWO MINUTES DURATION WILL BE BROADCAST BETWEEN START AND END CODES…DESCRIBING THE TEST TORNADO WARNING. ENSURE TEST WORDING IS CARRIED IN ANY MANUAL CRAWL CREATED.

PRACTICE YOUR DISASTER PLAN…IT MAY SAFE YOUR LIFE.

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Special Weather Statement

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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BULLETIN – TEST EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
TEST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE KBMX
835 PM EDT WED MAR 19 2014

THE TEST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A
TEST SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT.

… TEST MESSAGE HEADLINE …

* AT 8:35 PM THIS TEST WAS GENERATED

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE GENERATED BY WEATHER MESSAGE TO
TEST YOUR ALARM SPS???.

THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

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Severe Weather and Flood Safety Preparedness Week: March 16-22, 2014

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Below is from the Indianapolis NWS website. Click Here for more info.

Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed March 16 through 22, 2014 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on Thursday, March 20 between 10:15 AM and 10:30 AM EDT and between 7:30 PM and 7:45 PM EDT.

Important – while the drill will be sent using live TOR EAS coding (Tornado Warning), it is only a test, and will be postponed to Friday, March 21 if weather conditions warrant.

The goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs. Each day will focus on a different topic:

  • Sunday: Kick-Off: Discuss Partners’ roles in Severe Weather
  • Monday: Severe Weather Outlook: Partners’ roles at the Outlook stage of an event
  • Tuesday: Watch: Partners’ roles in the Watch stage of an event
  • Wednesday: Everyone’s roles in Warnings: Taking action when Warnings are issued 
  • Thursday: Response: Partners’ roles in responding to disasters (real-time response)
  • Friday: Recovery: Partners’ roles in the recovery process (days/weeks/months after disaster)
  • Saturday: Wrap-Up: Importance of preparedness and action during threatening hazards

WSWIND

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1150 AM EST SAT MAR 1 2014

…WINTER STORM TO AFFECT CENTRAL INDIANA…

.A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT CENTRAL INDIANA
TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. CENTRAL INDIANA CAN EXPECT
SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND SLEET AMOUNTS…AND THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF
CENTRAL INDIANA CAN EXPECT A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW…SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN WITH SIGNIFICANT ICE EXPECTED ESPECIALLY NEAR AND SOUTH
OF A VINCENNES TO SEYMOUR LINE.

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JOHNSON-SHELBY-RUSH-SULLIVAN-GREENE-MONROE-BROWN-BARTHOLOMEW-
DECATUR-KNOX-DAVIESS-MARTIN-LAWRENCE-JACKSON-JENNINGS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…CRAWFORDSVILLE…ANDERSON…MUNCIE…
INDIANAPOLIS…TERRE HAUTE…SHELBYVILLE…BLOOMINGTON…
COLUMBUS…VINCENNES…BEDFORD…SEYMOUR
1150 AM EST SAT MAR 1 2014

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM
EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH
IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER
STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING…TONIGHT THROUGHSUNDAY MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT…SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE…RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS ROADS AND
REDUCED VISIBILITIES. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT.

* ACCUMULATION…SNOWFALL AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES
WILL BE POSSIBLE AROUND 20 MILES EITHER SIDE OF INTERSTATE 70 BY
MONDAY MORNING. MEANWHILE…3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET
ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTHERN CENTRAL INDIANA.
SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY NEAR
AND SOUTH OF A VINCENNES TO SEYMOUR LINE.

* OTHER IMPACTS…MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE IMPACTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…
SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…LAFAYETTE…FRANKFORT…KOKOMO
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…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENINGTO
7 AM EST MONDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM7 PM THIS
EVENING TO 7 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* TIMING…TONIGHT THROUGHMONDAY MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT…ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE…RESULTING IN
HAZARDOUS ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES. TRAVEL WILL BE
DIFFICULT.

* ACCUMULATION…SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES WILL BE
POSSIBLE BY SUNDAY NIGHT.

* OTHER IMPACTS…MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE MAY BE IMPACTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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