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246 FLUS43 KGRR 280914 HWOGRR HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI 414 AM EST SAT NOV 28 2015 MIZ037>040-043>046-050>052-056>059-064>067-071>074-290915- MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON- MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-EATON- INGHAM-VAN BUREN-KALAMAZOO-CALHOUN-JACKSON- 414 AM EST SAT NOV 28 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED. $$
Day 7 - Understanding Winter Weather Terms
Today marks the conclusion of Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan. The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness reminds all Michigan residents to pay heed to weather forecasts, advisories, watches, and warnings as they enter another winter season. There are a few winter weather terms described here to help in understanding those forecasts.
- Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter conditions such as heavy snow and/or ice are possible within 12 to 48 hours. Prepare and make plans now.
- Winter Storm/Ice Storm/Lake Effect Snow Warning: Severe winter conditions have begun or are about to begin. Stay indoors.
- Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately.
- Winter Weather Advisories: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. Exercise caution, especially while driving. Winter Weather Advisories can be issued for a number of winter weather elements including snow, freezing rain, and lake effect snow.
- Wind Chill Advisory: Wind chill temperatures of -15ºF to -24ºF for Southern Lower Michigan, -20ºF to -29ºF for Northern Lower Michigan, and -25ºF to -34ºF for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
- Wind Chill Warning: Wind chill temperatures of -25ºF or colder for Southern Lower Michigan, -30ºF or colder for Northern Lower Michigan, and -35ºF or colder for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
For information on a winter weather preparedness, please visit the Michigan Weather Preparedness Page.
Be sure to listen to NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, or your favorite radio, TV, or cable TV station for the latest weather conditions and forecasts before venturing outdoors or traveling in the winter. In addition, always check the latest weather forecast at weather.gov, and have a great winter!
Day 6 - How Snow and Cold May Affect Your Health
The wind chill index is one tool that can help with decision making during the winter season. The National Weather Service wind chill index draws on the latest research in meteorology and human biomechanics.
For example, at an actual air temperature of 15 degrees, the effect of a 15 mph wind would be to make exposed skin react as if the temperature was zero. The more rapid loss of heat puts a person in danger of hypothermia or frostbite within a shorter period of time than would be expected without wind.
To avoid the excessive heat loss that comes with wind driven cold air, make sure to cover your head, face, and extremities. The fingers, toes, ear lobes and tip of the nose are especially susceptible to frostbite. One suffering from frostbite would experience a loss of feeling in those extremities, which would take on a white or pale appearance.
If symptoms of frostbite are detected, get medical help immediately. If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm the affected areas. However, if the person is showing signs of hypothermia, warm the body core before the extremities.
Listen to NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, or your favorite radio, TV, or cable TV station for the latest weather conditions and forecasts before venturing outdoors in the winter. For more information, please visit the Michigan Weather Preparedness Page.
Day 5 - Preparing Your Home for Winter Emergencies
Winter storms often cause power outages and loss of heat for periods of hours, or even days. Impassable roads and the loss of telephone service can further isolate your family.
Ensure you have a well stocked home emergency kit. Items you should have on hand to cope with such crises are high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts or other high protein snacks, and food requiring no cooling or refrigeration. Extra medicine and baby items should also be stocked, along with first aid supplies. You would also want bottled water. Do not forget extra batteries for flashlights and portable radios. Your information sources should include a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, for receipt of warning and advisory information in addition to continuous broadcast of current conditions and forecasts.
An emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, or a generator can be a lifesaver, but can also turn deadly. These must be used with adequate ventilation, and all precautions should be taken to prevent fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors are valuable equipment that can prevent tragedy. When the temperatures drop, limit the potential for frozen pipes by trickling warm water through faucets of an outside wall and open cabinet doors.
For more information on safety kits and home preparedness, please visit the Michigan Weather Preparedness Page.
From the NOAA press release:
Forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issues the U.S. Winter Outlook today, favoring cooler and wetter weather in Southern Tier states, with above-average temperatures most likely in the West and across the Northern Tier. This year's El Niño, among the strongest on record, is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream. Read more...
Day 4 - Winter Survival Kits
Michigan is in the middle of its Winter Hazards Awareness Week as declared by Governor Rick Snyder. The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Aawareness reminds Michigan residents to prepare in advance for the changes that winter weather will bring to our daily lives. Do not be caught off guard by the first heavy snowfall or an outbreak of bitterly cold arctic air.
While driving through heavy snowfall can be dangerous, trying to shovel it can sometimes have fatal consequences. It is easy to overexert your body when shoveling snow, since the combination of cold air and hard physical labor puts added stress on the heart. Pace yourself carefully if you must shovel. Pushing a car or walking through deep snow can also cause overexertion.
Build an emergency supply kit, including a way to receive the latest weather warnings. Do not forget extra batteries for flashlights and portable radios. Your information sources should include a NOAA All- Hazards Weather Radio for reception of warning and advisory information, in addition to continuous broadcast of current conditions and forecasts.
For additional information on a winter weather survival kit, please see the Michigan Weather Preparedness Page.
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