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Types of Severe Weather

Blizzard: Heavy Snow, ice, Cold Temperatures
Blizzard: Heavy Snow, ice, Cold Temperatures

Severe blizzard with high winds, heavy snows and bitter cold extending from Pennsylvania to New England. Snow drifts reported to be 15 feet high in Rhode Island. Storm named for stranded Hessian troops in deep snows stationed in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War.

Derecho Storms
Derecho Storms

A derecho (/ d ə ˈ r eɪ tʃ oʊ /, from Spanish: derecho [deˈɾetʃo], "straight") is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a land-based, fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms.

Dust Storm: Strong Winds, Arid Conditions
Dust Storm: Strong Winds, Arid Conditions

A dust storm is a strong, turbulent wind that carries clouds of fine dust, soil, and sand over a large stretch, which mainly occurs in arid and semi-arid regions. In case of a dust storm, due to excessive heating, the water from the clouds evaporates before it could land.

Flood: Heavy Rainfall
Flood: Heavy Rainfall

Severe Weather 101 Flood Basics What is flooding? Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop.

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Floods
Floods

Severe Weather 101 Flood Basics What is flooding? Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop.

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Hail Storm
Hail Storm

Since most significant hail damage to property and crops comes from hailstones at least 1 inch in diameter, hail of that size is considered severe, and forecasters at the National Weather Service aim to issue severe thunderstorm warnings for any and all thunderstorms that produce severe hail.

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Hail Storms
Hail Storms

When meteorologists forecast the threat for severe weather, one of the hazards that they consider is the threat for hail, which can cause property and crop damage as well as injuries to people and animals caught outdoors during a hail storm. By definition, hail is a type of frozen precipitation that ...

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Heavy Snow / Blizzards
Heavy Snow / Blizzards

What is a blizzard? Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. While heavy snowfalls and severe cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

Hurricane or Cyclone: Strong Wind, Heavy Rain
Hurricane or Cyclone: Strong Wind, Heavy Rain

National Weather Service HURRICANE & SEVERE ... side of the storm bringing periods of very heavy rain and ... A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 ...

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Ice Storm: Freezing Rain
Ice Storm: Freezing Rain

If strong, gusty winds accompany freezing rain, the chance for damage increases due to the added stress on trees and power lines. Downed trees can block roads, making driving even more dangerous. 3. Ice Storms and Their Impacts Can Last For Days. Depending on the severity of the ice storm and the weather pattern, impacts can persist for days.

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Ice Storms
Ice Storms

3. Ice Storms and Their Impacts Can Last For Days. Depending on the severity of the ice storm and the weather pattern, impacts can persist for days. If more than a half-inch of ice occurs and damage is widespread, it can take quite a while to remove trees and repair power lines. This can result in a loss of electricity and heat for several days.

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Lightning
Lightning

Learn all about thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, lightning, floods, damaging winds and severe winter weather. Thunderstorms There can be as many as 40,000 thunderstorms each day around the world.

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Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms

Weather.gov > Safety > Severe Thunderstorm Safety Severe Thunderstorm Resources Severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs and vehicles.

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Tornado: Clouds, Strong Wind, Rain, Hail
Tornado: Clouds, Strong Wind, Rain, Hail

During severe weather outbreaks, conditions can change rapidly and the weather can turn volatile quickly. It is crucial to follow severe weather and tornado-related watches and warnings during episodes of severe storms. Keeping a weather radio nearby, with extra batteries handy, is a must.

Tornadoes
Tornadoes

A Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.

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