severe weather

DEFINITION: Severe weather refers to any dangerous meteorological phenomena with the potential to cause damage, serious social disruption, or loss of human life. The most common severe weather events to impact the planning area are winter weather, thunderstorms, and damaging winds. 

HISTORY: There have been 21 recorded severe weather events in the planning area since 1958. This amounts to a damaging severe weather event every 2 to 3 years on average. Severe winter storm events have occurred seven times, with an average recurrence rate of 8 to 9 years. Damaging winds events have occurred 15 times, with an average recurrence rate of every 3 to 4 years. In the planning area, there are an average of five thunderstorm days per year. Some of the worst have been, High wind/Winter Storm in 1/22/2017, this caused a lot of flooding, and highway blockage. Severe winter storm in 12/28/2005 across 4 counties there was about 120million dollars in property damage.  

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