Monday, May 18, 2009

Looking Like Summer

This week's weather looks like a July weather pattern with high pressure keeping us dry and in some areas, hot. It is going to remain this way until the end of the week when the pattern turns a little more unsettled, just in time for the holiday weekend.

We had a successful live blog Sunday night on There were several good questions regarding tornado safety and I had a chance to expand a little more on VORTEX 2. By the way, new research is now suggesting that if you get caught in flying debris during a storm, staying in your vehicle may not be such a bad place to seek shelter. It is suggested that you should keep your seat belt on, roll up the windows, keep the engine running, and duck as low as you can in the car or truck. One of our bloggers asked a great question Sunday night. Why do you keep the engine running? In the event of a front end impact from flying debris, the air bag will deploy if the engine is running.

The VORTEX crew has to be very disappointed in the weather pattern this week. There will be no chasing as Mother Nature just isn't going to throw anything our way. From Texas all the way into the Dakotas, there will not be much going on this week weather wise. I'm sure they don't mind a little down time, but an entire week is going to signifcantly cut into the amount of data they can collect before the first phase of VORTEX 2 ends on June 13th.

Have a great week. Enjoy the sunshine and don't forget about Eye on the Storm, Thursday night at 7:00.

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