Extreme Heat: Under the Radar
When you hear “severe weather,” you might first think of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods or winter storms. One type of severe weather that may not spring into your mind right away but can be very dangerous is extreme heat. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, a heat wave is “a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather. Typically a heat wave lasts two or more days.”
During a heat wave, it is important to stay hydrated, limit time outdoors, dress in loose clothing and wear protection over your head and face. It is also important to pay attention to the signs that may lead to heat-related illnesses. Some symptoms to look out for are:
-Cool, pale, clammy skin
If you experience any of these symptoms, move to a cooler place and ask an adult for help. Rest and sip water (use a water mister on your body if you feel nauseous from drinking water).
Photo courtesy of CDC.
Learn more about severe weather preparedness!
- March 2-8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week! This is a great time to Be a Force of Nature and make sure you and your family are prepared for severe weather that can occur where you live. Did you miss the week? No worries…it’s important to be prepared year-round because severe weather can strike at any time!
- In 2005, a total of 28 tropical storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean and 15 became hurricanes – the most hurricanes on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean!
- In 2013, the United States had seven weather and climate disasters that caused damages exceeding $1 billion! Included in these disasters were five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood in Colorado and a drought and heat wave in the West.
All images courtesy of NOAA.