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Weather Myths: What you need to know

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 14, 2015 9:09:35 AM

weather-wordsAs the temperatures begin to rise, severe storms start to make headlines around the nation. When I was growing up, I remember the weather myth that you should keep your windows cracked if a tornado is in your area to equalize the pressure. Is this true or a myth?

PropertyCasualty360.com published an article called “Weather mythbusters: 7 weather myths that you should stop believing.” Incorrect information about weather can be dangerous and even prove deadly. Here are the myths they identified. To learn more, visit their article.

Seven Weather Myths

    1. Tornadoes and hurricanes do the most harm.
    2. Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
    3. Doorways are the safest spots during earthquakes.
    4. There is such a thing as “earthquake weather.”
    5. You can safely drive through floodwaters.
    6. Alcohol warms the body in winter.
    7. Opening windows will equalize the pressure and prevent tornado damage.

Here are some additional blogs that may help keep you and your family safe.

Tornado safety tips before, during, and after the storm – Find out what warning signs Mother Nature shares before a tornado. The blog also provides safety tips on how to stay safe during and after the storm.

Technology that can protect you and your family from severe weather – Even though technology is always changing and can be frustrating at times, there are some nice apps and other equipment that can keep you safe

My favorite weather app is WeatherBug by Earth Networks. Being an allergy sufferer it keeps me up-to-date on local counts that can make me miserable. It also has an exclusive lightening tracking system that comes in handy because my younger daughter is afraid of nighttime storms. The closer the lighting, the louder the thunder, and the sooner I have a camper on my bedroom floor. At the time I wrote this blog, lighting was 79.2 miles away from West Bend.

Do you have any tips or information you’d like to share? I’d love the hear them; please share them in the box below.

Topics: Weather

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