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Severe Weather

  • Recent Storms
    National Weather Services reports about the Oklahoma City area tornados of May 8 and May 9. Included are maps, photos, and radar images.
    May 8, 2003 Tornado
    May 9, 2003 Tornado
  • Tornado Fact Sheet
    When a tornado is coming, you only have moments to make life-or-death decisions. This Tornado Fact Sheet will help you make the right ones (Adobe PDF format, 231K, info on PDF files).
  • Tornado Preparedness Tips for School Administrators
    How school administrators or teachers can get their school ready for tornado season. Includes development of safety plans.
  • A "Safe Room" For Your House
    Learn how to build a room in your house that will protect you and your family from storm and tornado damage. Includes complete plans and cost estimates.
  • The Myth of the Overpass Shelter
    Should you use a highway overpass to seek shelter from a tornado? Only as a last resort, say the experts. Find out why in this online slide presentation that uses the May 3, 1999 Oklahoma tornados as an example.
  • Background Info: Tornados
    Basic information about tornados, including an explanation of the "F-Scale" used to classify them.
  • The Non-Tornado Home Page
    What if those clouds you're looking at just look like tornados, but are not? This page helps you identify tornado look-alikes.
  • The Online Tornado FAQ
    This is a comprehensive collection of web pages about every aspect of tornados, including information about the danger of being in mobile homes or cars during tornados, the myth that opening windows during a tornado is
    a good thing to do, and the myth that being in the southwest corner of a house or basement is the safest place to be.
  • Recommendations to Better Protect from Tornado Damage
    For:  Businesses -- Communities -- Homes
  • Tornado Research at the National Severe Storms Lab 
    The NSSL in Norman, Oklahoma does important research about tornados. This is some of their work.

  • Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips
    It's not all about tornados. Thunderstorms and lightning kill and injure people every year. This Fact Sheet will help you understand what to do during severe thunderstorms.

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  • National Drought Information Center
    [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]
    Drought forecasts, soil and crop moisture readings and the Palmer Drought Severity Index.
  • National Drought Mitigation Center
    [U.S. Department of Agriculture]
    USDA relies on this University of Nebraska team to provide a complete scientific assessment of nationwide drought conditions.
  • Map: U.S. Drought Monitor
    [U.S. Department of Agriculture]
    This map shows you at a glance what the drought situation is around the country.

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