Knowledge is power. Being educated about the potential dangers of weather could even mean the difference between life and death. Weather events such as lightning, blizzards, flash flooding, hurricanes, and tornados can put you and your family in danger without any notice.
Taking the time to educate yourself about the weather around you will help keep you safe.
Weather Education Resources
Fortunately, there are many ways you can educate yourself about the weather. There are even schools and classes you can attend both online and in your local community. Here are a few places to start your weather education:
- National Weather Service – They have an online school that’s all about weather education.
- Cyclone Center – Learn about satellite images and how to train your eyes to become a storm expert.
- NASA Precipitation Education: Weather & Climate – Build your own satellite and read tons of educational material about the weather and climate.
- Climate.gov – View hundreds of videos and use online tools to become an expert in weather.
- WMO for Youth – Get your children started with weather education early. This site makes it fun with games, science experiments, and quizzes.
- NOAA Education Resources – Here you’ll find information on just about any kind of weather event, climate, and oceanic events.
Understanding the Weatherman
I don’t know about you, but sometimes looking at the doppler radar is I feel as if I’m looking at some encrypted video that I don’t have the right tools to fully understand.
By educating yourself about weather terminology, you’ll understand the tools used to predict the weather and will be able to recognize cloud patterns and natural disasters before they happen, which will help you identify when you may be in danger.
Reading the Signs
Aside from understanding the weatherman, it’s important that you are able to identify potential dangers without a newscast. There are many instances where you may be without a television, radio or weather alert system. Weather education will help you know what to look for, no matter where you are.
Aside from understanding weather, knowing what to do if disaster does strike is just as important. Take the time to know what supplies you should have on hand, what actions you should take, what to avoid and what resources are available when the time comes. Visit the weather education sites mentioned above and you’ll be an expert in no time!