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Ag. Weather Outlook 4-07-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Its a lot easier to stay weather-wise with 21 st century technology. Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan is designed to encourage you to do just that. Jim Maczko with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids says you face a lot of potential threats everything from high winds and tornadoes, to lightning, to blizzards to flooding each year in our state. He points out the most deadly of these is flooding. Just six-inches of fast moving water can knock you off your feet. Two feet of water is enough to float many vehicles. Even standing water can be deceptive and deadly. Farmers of necessity have been close weather watchers throughout history. Its something probably, the main thing thats contributed to their low tornado death rate. When the tri-state tornado claimed the lives of 30 famers 89 springs ago that was an unheard-of high number in a profession thats seen as one of the most hazardous. It would be a high number today. Being watchful and using common sense cant save you every timebut its sure a good start and its a message to take with you from Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Rick Shields