Tornado Shelter – Southwest Corner of Basement?

Although a below ground basement is one of the safest places during a tornado, the southwest corner will provide no added protection unless there is more structural support as compared to the other corners. Anytime you can get below ground you are better off, but somewhat recent studies have shown…

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Highway Overpass Safe During a Tornado?

One myth that could potentially cost someone their life is the belief that a highway overpass provides safe shelter from tornadoes. This is a myth for reasons which may not be immediately obvious to some. It probably started when a video clip aired on national news showing family and a…

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Can Lightning Strike Me Inside My House?

While lightning cannot strike you directly if you’re inside your house, it can travel through wires and other conductive surfaces that lead into the house. If you happen to be in contact with one of them, it’s possible you could can get electrocuted. In addition to outdoor fatalities caused by…

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Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation – Don’t Ride it Out!

Ignoring a hurricane evacuation order is very risky and can be a fatal decision for a number of reasons. Hurricanes are a very serious storm that should never be taken lightly. If local officials are telling you to evacuate, it’s best to take their advice and get out of harms…

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Outrun a Tornado In a Car?

Is it possible to outrun a tornado in a car? Many believe so, but they’re making a dangerous bet with their life. While it’s true both cars and motorcycles are usually faster than tornadoes, the biggest problem with this line of thinking is they must also stay on the road…

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Colorado Blizzard – April 7th, 2005

On April 7th 2005, we were starting to get the first indications that there might be a significant Colorado blizzard heading towards Colorado Springs. Most of the time, these weather events are hit or miss in that they may or may not have that much of an impact on our…

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Can It Be Too Cold to Snow?

This could be a very technical discussion, so I will try and keep it simple. The answer to the question of can it be too cold to snow is no, but is gets increasingly difficult the colder it gets. Let’s familiarize ourselves with an important concept. Warm air can evaporate…

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