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NOAA’s National Weather Service forecast offices in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will conduct the annual Pacific Northwest Severe Weather Awareness Week May 6-12. The campaign is designed to raise public attention to the dangers of severe weather in the Pacific Northwest and provide information to help protect life and property.
“Every region of the country experiences potentially life-threatening weather and the Pacific Northwest has its own set of challenges,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “When National Weather Service forecasters issue warnings for severe weather, it’s important for citizens to know what to do in order to protect themselves and their property.”
“The Pacific Northwest is subjected to severe weather including tornadoes and wildfires,” said Vickie Nadolski, National Weather Service Western Region director. “We use an accurate knowledge of past weather events in our efforts like Severe Weather Awareness Week that raise awareness and preparedness with our key partners and the public.”
Details on the daily topics for Pacific Northwest Severe Weather Awareness Week are available online at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/severeawareweek.php. Topics include:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.
On the Web:
NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov
Northwest Severe Weather Awareness Week information (including local
media contacts): http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/severeawareweek.php