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What We’re Watching: 5/4/12

At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Weather Outlook
Our friends at NOAA forecast severe weather for most parts of the Middle Mississippi Valley on Sunday, May 6. If severe weather is expected in your area we encourage you to continually monitor weather conditions and listen to NOAA weather radios. Here are some terms you should be familiar with in the event a severe weather watch or warning is issued for your area:

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information. 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm. 
  • Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information. 
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

Visit the Severe Weather section on for more tips and information on how to prepare for severe weather.

Below normal temperatures are expected from Southeastern New Mexico, Western Texas and parts of Arkansas.

Heavy rain is forecasted for much of Iowa and parts of Southwestern Wisconsin. Ongoing river flooding is expected to continue along parts of the Washington-Idaho border. Possible flooding may occur across Southeastern Iowa, Southern Wisconsin, and parts of Northern Illinois.

Weather conditions can quickly change, so we encourage everyone to monitor your area's local forecast by visiting or on your mobile device.

Give Mother the Gift of Preparedness
With Mother’s Day around the corner -- next Sunday, May 13 for those who may have forgotten -- it’s time to start thinking of a gift that will really mean something to your mom, grandmother, or someone special. In addition to getting your mom a beautiful bouquet of flowers, or a nice day at her favorite spa, give her something more practical and valuable -- like a first aid kit, hand-crank or solar powered battery charger or a NOAA weather radio. After all -- it’s only right to help her get prepared after all the years she spent helping get you prepared for life’s biggest moments.

Visit for more gift ideas and tips on how to get everyone in your family prepared!

Emergency Preparedness Plans
With the start of Hurricane Season less than a month away, we want to encourage everyone to make sure they’re prepared for an emergency. One step to being prepared is having an emergency plan or family communication plan, so be sure to tailor an emergency plan specific to you and your family's requirements.

Here’s a quick video reminding folks about the importance of having emergency preparedness plans.

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06/02/2017 - 09:26