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NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Offices in the Pacific Northwest will host the first region-wide Severe Weather and Wildfire Awareness Week from May 9-15, 2005. The effort is to raise public attention to the dangers of severe weather and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and provide information to help protect life and property. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Education is key to a successful forecast and warning process and is the goal of this awareness week,” said retired Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “When National Weather Service forecasters warn the public of severe weather or wildfire hazards, it’s important for citizens to know how to react in order to protect themselves and their property.”
“Some people incorrectly believe that the Pacific Northwest does not get severe weather,” said John Livingston, meteorologist-in-charge of NOAA’s National Weather Service in Spokane, Wash. “Yet, history shows this region does get severe weather, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.”
“Wildfires are a perennial hazard in the Pacific Northwest,” added John Jannuzzi meteorologist-in-charge of NOAA’s National Weather Service in Boise, Idaho. “With most of the Northwest in severe to extreme drought conditions, wildfires may be a significant hazard this summer and fall.”
Topics to be covered during Severe Weather and Wildfire Awareness Week:
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