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Winter Weather Awareness Week

Introduction to
Winter Weather Safety and Awareness Week


The week of October 20-26 is Winter Weather Awareness Week in the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

This is an excellent time for all individuals, families, businesses, schools, radio and television stations to review their winter weather preparedness plans. It is especially important for persons new to the region to become familiar with NOAA's National Weather Service Watch and Warning definitions, as well as winter weather safety procedures.
snow in Eugene
Eugene, Jan. 30, 1969. Whopping 34 inches fell in only 24 hours!

Each day, a new topic will be discussed, along with new informational links:
Introduction Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be quite hazardous, with snow and ice in the mountains, heavy rains on the coast, and even biting cold with dangerous wind chill across the Columbia Basin. All areas of the Pacific Northwest have experienced nearly every type of winter weather possible, from blizzards to ice, from flooding rains to biting cold.

Each year, dozens of Amercians die due to prolonged exposure to the cold. Major winter storms can last several days, and be accompanied by strong winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, and various forms of flooding. Heavy snow in the mountains is important for the skiing industry, and for filling reservoirs. However, these storms also produce travel dangers and create life threatening conditions.

To help our communities learn more about these dangers, NOAA's National Weather Service will issue the following Public Information Statements throughout the week to give safety information, and help you know how to respond when severe weather threatens:

  1. October 20 : Introduction to Winter Weather and Awareness
  2. October 21 : Winter Weather Safety...Terminology, and Dissemination
  3. October 22 : Winter Weather Outlooks, Watches, Warnings and Advisories
  4. October 23 : Blizzards, Snow & Ice Storms, Wind Chill, and Avalanches
  5. October 24 : Floods
  6. October 25 : Windstorms (east and west of Cascades)
  7. October 26 : Summary of Winter Weather and Awareness

Remember, in times of severe weather, you can get all these vital NOAA/National Weather Service messages via NOAA Weather Radio, your favorite local media, or through NOAA's National Weather Service websites.

This message is brought to you by your local NOAA National Weather Service staff, state and federal fire and land management agencies, as well as local and state emergency management officials.

For questions about local Severe Weather Preparedness, contact your local NOAA National Weather Service Office:
local office contact by email contact by phone
Medford Ryan Sandler 541-773-1067
Seattle Ted Buehner 206-526-6087
Spokane Andy Brown 509-244-6395
Pendleton Dennis Hull 541-276-4493
Portland Tyree Wilde 503-261-9246
Boise Jay Breidenbach 208-334-9861
Pocatello Vern Preston 208-233-0834
Missoula Marty Whitmore 406-329-4840

Pacific Northwest Facebook Links:


Office Facebook
Medford http://www.facebook.com/NationalWeatherService.Medford.gov
Seattle http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Seattle.gov
Spokane http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Spokane.gov
Pendleton http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Pendleton.gov
Portland http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Portland.gov
Boise http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Boise.gov
Pocatello http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Pocatello.gov
Missoula http://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Missoula.gov

Pacific Northwest Twitter Links:


Office Twitter
Medford http://www.twitter.com/NWSMedford
Seattle http://www.twitter.com/NWSSeattle
Spokane http://www.twitter.com/NWSSpokane
Pendleton http://www.twitter.com/NWSPendleton
Portland http://www.twitter.com/NWSPortland
Boise http://www.twitter.com/NWSBoise
Pocatello http://www.twitter.com/NWSPocatello
Missoula http://www.twitter.com/NWSMissoula


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