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Quiet Weather to Start the Week

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Good morning!  If you're nursing a chicken wing hangover like me this morning, you'll be happy to know that we have a nice and easy start to the week (weather-wise).  Snow has come to an end in WNC, and winds are relaxing as well.

Our Monday will bring more cloud cover than we saw this weekend - you can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies overhead.  Highs will be near-normal, but the lack of much sunshine will leave those temps slightly cooler than Sunday's.  Upstate areas will top out in the low 50s, while WNC highs will rise into the mid and upper 40s.

Since the weather is quiet, I wanted to acknowledge that today marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in GA.  The NWS GSP office has released a Public Information Statement discussing the need to prepare for severe weather - as the peak season for storms will be here in a few months.  Here is their statement:

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN GEORGIA. FAMILIES ANDINDIVIDUALS...
AS WELL AS EMPLOYERS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS...AREURGED TO USE THE INFORMATION
PROVIDED THIS WEEK TO DEVISE THEIROWN SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY PLANS. IF YOU
ALREADY HAVE A PLAN INPLACE...YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW
YOURPROCEDURES AND PERFORM DRILLS AND EXERCISES. TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...IN CONJUNCTION WITH STATEEMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...
WILL CONDUCT A TORNADO DRILL ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 AT 9:00 AM. THIS WILL
REPLACE THE ROUTINE WEEKLY TEST OF THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS ALERT
FUNCTION. ALTHOUGH SEVERE WEATHER SEASON IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA IS STILL A
COUPLE OF MONTHS AWAY...THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR VIOLENT WEATHER IS RIGHT NOW.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DEFINES SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ASTHOSE THAT
PRODUCE HAIL THE SIZE OF A QUARTER OR LARGER...AND ORDAMAGING WIND GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR MORE...ALSO KNOWN AS DOWNBURSTS. DOWNBURSTS ARE THE MOST COMMON
FORM OF SEVERE WEATHER IN THECAROLINAS. IN FACT...THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY IS ONE
OF THE MOSTACTIVE FOR DOWNBURSTS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR PIEDMONT
COUNTIES...WHICH TYPICALLY EXPERIENCE AN EVENT ON 5 TO 8 DAYS PERYEAR.

THIS ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR CITIZENS IN THIS PART OF THECOUNTRY TO TAKE SEVERE
WEATHER PREPARATION SERIOUSLY. MOST DOWNBURSTS OCCUR FROM MAY THROUGH
AUGUST...WITH A PEAK IN JULY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS COME INMANY DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES. THE MAJORITY OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS THAT OCCUR ACROSS NORTHEAST GEORGIA ARE SMALL... PRODUCING
SEVERE WEATHER OVER AN AREA OF ONLY A FEW SQUARE MILES OR LESS. THESE STORMS
TYPICALLY CAUSE BRIEF WIND GUSTS OF 58 TO 70 MPH...AND RARELY PRODUCE HAIL
LARGER THAN QUARTER SIZE.

HOWEVER...IN SOME INSTANCES A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM...OR A COMPLEXOF
THUNDERSTORMS CAN AFFECT AN AREA THAT IS HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDSOF SQUARE
MILES ACROSS. THESE TYPES OF STORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HURRICANE FORCE
WINDS THAT BLOW DOWN LARGE SWATHS OFTREES...FLIP MOBILE HOMES THAT ARE NOT
TIED DOWN...AND CAUSE MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO PERMANENT HOMES. IN RARE
INSTANCES...THESE TYPES OF STORM SYSTEMS CAN PRODUCE TORNADO FORCE WINDS
IN EXCESS OF 90 MPH...DESTROYING MOBILE HOMES AND CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
TO PERMANENT HOMES. BECAUSE OF THE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE THAT OCCURS WITH THESE
RARE STORMS...THEY ARE OFTEN MISTAKEN FOR TORNADOES. THE PUBLIC IMPACT OF THESE
TYPES OF EXTREME DOWNBURSTS IS OFTEN GREATER THAN THAT OF A TYPICAL TORNADO...
AS THE AREA COVERED BY A DOWNBURST IS USUALLY MUCH LARGER.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS SHOULD BE TAKEN VERY
SERIOUSLY.THE GREATEST HAZARD ASSOCIATED WITH DOWNBURSTS IN NORTH GEORGIA IS
FROM TREES FALLING ON HOMES OR VEHICLES. THIS CAN CAUSE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE...
RESULTING IN INJURIES OR EVEN FATALITIES TO PEOPLE INSIDE. AS PART OF YOUR
PREPARATION FOR THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON...DEAD OR DISEASED TREES THAT ARE IN
DANGER OF FALLING ON YOUR HOME SHOULD BE REMOVED. EVEN WIND GUSTS OF 40 TO 50
MPH ARE CAPABLE OF BLOWING DOWN DEAD OR DAMAGED TREES.

WHEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS ISSUED...OR DOWNBURSTS OR LARGE HAIL
ARE OBSERVED...THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IS IN AN INTERIORROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL
OF A WELL-CONSTRUCTED HOME OR BUILDING. YOUSHOULD ESPECIALLY AVOID ROOMS
THAT COULD BE DAMAGED BY FALLINGTREES. REMEMBER...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
OCCASIONALLY PRODUCETORNADOES WITH LITTLE OR NO WARNING...ESPECIALLY DURING
THESPRING. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WEATHER SAFETY VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

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