TORNADOS

Plan ahead. Be sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do in case of a tornado warning.

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STORM DAMAGE

The May 2011 storm struck Battle Creek about 4:30 p.m., tipping hundreds of trees and damaging several buildings.

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WINTER STORMS

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days.
Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

 

ICE STORMS

Ice storms are caused by freezing rain. The raindrops move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on contact to the ground, trees, cars and other objects.

 

WINTER DRIVING

Seasonal dangers, including snow and ice on roads, and reduced visibility from winter precipitation, make it important for drivers to prepare and focus to prevent accidents.

 

From the NOAA press release:

Forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issues the U.S. Winter Outlook today, favoring cooler and wetter weather in Southern Tier states, with above-average temperatures most likely in the West and across the Northern Tier. This year's El Niño, among the strongest on record, is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream. Read more...

Related maps

 

National temperature outlook for December-February, issued October 15, 2015. Large version shows Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Colors indicate the probability of above- or below-average temperatures, not how far above or blow average the temperature is likely to be. White indicates equal chances for any outcome—above-, below-, or near-normal temperature—not a prediction of "normal" conditions. Map by NOAA Climate.gov, based on data from the Climate Prediction Center.

 

 

National precipitation outlook for December-February, issued October 15, 2015. Large version shows Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Colors indicate the probability of above- or below-average precipitation, not how far above or blow average the precipitation is likely to be. White indicates equal chances for any outcome—above-, below-, or near-normal precipitation—not a prediction of normal conditions. Map by NOAA Climate.gov, based on data from the Climate Prediction Center.

 

 

National drought outlook for October 15-January 31, 2016, issued October 15, 2015. Map by NOAA Climate.gov, based on data from the Climate Prediction Center. Large version shows Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

 

 

Sea surface temperatures on September 21, 2015, (smoothed by 7-day running mean) compared to the 1981-2010 average. NOAA Climate.gov map based on OISST data from NCEI.

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