As summer 2013 comes to a close, it’s important to reflect on its busy weather patterns. Besides the typical summertime thunderstorm, the past few months saw its fair share of offbeat summer weather systems, reviewed here:
Oklahoma Tornado: While there was more than one tornado this summer, there’s one in particular that stands out to us all. The EF5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma earlier this summer has officially been noted as the deadliest tornado to hit the U.S. since Joplin in 2011. While the loss of life was heavy on the country’s hearts, the countless number of volunteers who came to the aid of the victims encouraged the nation..
Midwest Derecho: The potential for a derecho was very apparent this summer as the risk of thunderstorms and severe weather had meteorologists talking—and for a good reason. Derechos can produce winds with severe gusts (greater than 57 miles per hour). There are also tornadoes and hail storms that can accompany this weather phenomenon. The then-impending storm didn’t quite produce what was expected, but severe thunderstorms were definitely present.
Wildfires Out West: Both California and Idaho had to deal with the devastating effects of ravaging wildfires this past summer. With lesser snowfall in the previous winter months, the ground wasn’t as damp as it normally would have been this time of year. And with hot summer climates in these states, it’s no wonder that the slightest sign of heat could spark mass destruction.
Tropical Storms in the Southeast: This summer, like most, saw its share of Tropical Storms.. While they didn’t really hit the U.S., they still had an impact on the southern areas that were in the storms’ proximity. The results of these storms included strong rainfall and winds for nearby residents.
Even though the summer season is coming to a close, it’s important to know how to stay prepared year-round. September is National Preparedness Month, which means we should be educating ourselves and others about being prepared in all kinds of natural disaster situations. And for extra safety and preparedness when disaster strikes, Eton’s there to help! Our diverse line of preparedness products will ready you for anything that comes your way.