After having such a wet July, it looks like the first part of August will continue the trend. I really don’t mind other than having to mow the yard a lot more. At least it’s green.
Later today, we run the risk for severe weather. We have a front up north that will be making its way southward and a storm system to our west that will be impacting the area over the next few days. Temperatures will modify some to the mid 90’s and below so we can at least enjoy this for a few days. The severe threats today will be large hail and damaging winds. The Storm Prediction Center mentioned in their outlook that perhaps a tornado might be possible. The shear will be there but my main concern will be hail and winds. Depending on how all of this comes together along with timing, we could see 1-3 inches of rainfall and winds to 70 mph. Large hail over the last several days in Colorado and Kansas has been ping pong ball size so just keep in mind that the moisture level in the atmosphere is high. According to probabilities per the SPC percentage wise, the following apply for right now: There is a 2% tornado risk, a 30% wind risk and a 15% hail risk. These will change with future updates. DON’T change any plans for later today yet but just stay weather aware and be prepared to react to whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Our spotter network is on stand-by just in case they are needed.
On a lighter note, over the next several months you will see Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management and Vance Air Force Base Emergency Management working and attending venues together for a common goal. What is that goal? BEING PREPARED! Benjamin Franklin said it all in the following quote: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This is why I get perturbed sometimes when people call me the day of a predicted event asking what they need to do. They should already know. This is where YOUR help is needed. Get a hold of a few of our preparedness guides and hand them out to your neighbors. If you need more, contact me and we can arrange for you to receive more. The guide is also found on the gcem.org website under docs at this address http://gcem.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/family-preparedness-guide.pdf This guide will give you the basics on what you need to know and do.
Finally, remember it is not my responsibility to get you prepared. It’s my responsibility to put those tools in your hands and mind so you can prepare as needed for you and your family.
Have a super day!!
Mike Honigsberg, Certified Director
Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management
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