Severe Weather Threats Can Increase in the Spring | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
Well, spring is finally here. We can now enjoy some of that spring-like weather…and buckle up for whatever kind of weather Mother Nature may choose to send our way!
With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.
Fluctuating and unstable temperatures can cause changing weather that may go from warm to cold in the same day. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.
Thunderstorms are an increasingly common event throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common during spring and summer.
If you take a look at natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common cause and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.
These storms bring a threat for floods, high winds and even tornadoes when the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.
It is not possible to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, meteorologists do have the tools available to at least warn us of possible severe weather that could be coming. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.
Some of the things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather are:
- Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
- Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
- Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.
Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:
- Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
- Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
- Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
- A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
- 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bag
Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Pueblo to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.