hot weather
 
 
The summer is here and in Nebraska we can get some extremely hot weather reaching over 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) in the summer. Heat is the number one killer in the United States. (Source: CDC)
 
Some terms to know:
 
Excessive Heat Outlook: The potential for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days.
 
Excessive Heat Watch: Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 12-48 hours. (The risk of a heat wave has increased but its occurrence and timing are still uncertain)
 
Excessive Heat Advisories: An excessive heat event is expected in the next 36 hours. Issued when an excessive heat event is occurring, is imminent or has a very high probability of occurring.  Used for events causing significant discomfort or inconvenience and could pose a threat to life and/or property of caution is not taken.
 
Excessive Heat Warning: Issued within 12 hours of the onset of the following criteria: Temperatures over 105°F (40.6°C) for more than 3 hours per day for 2 consecutive days or a heat index of more than 115°F (46.1°C) for any period of time. Used for conditions posing a threat to life and/or property.
  
Heat Index (HI):
An accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the relative humidity (RH) is added to the actual air temperature. (see table below)
 
Dew Point:
A measure of atmospheric moisture. The temperature at which air must be cooled in order to reach saturation. (a higher dew point indicates more moisture in the air)
 
Relative Humidity:
A function of both moisture content and temperature. A ratio of the amount of atmospheric moisture present relative the amount which would be present if the air were saturated. (Does not directly indicate the actual amount ofatmospheric moisture present)
(Source: NOAA)


 
IMPORTANT: Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index value by up to 15°F. Strong winds, particularly with hot, dry air can be extremely hazardous. 
 
What you can do.
Be aware of the weather before you plan an activity, recognize and respond to signs of trouble. Wear cool, loose clothing, keep out of the sun, avoid sunburn, and drink plenty of fluids. DO NOT ever leave children or pets in a car.
 
 
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=uex
– National Weather Service Radar based in Hastings Nebraska
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/
- Information from the CDC including printable information using in particular to educators/ coaches/ parents etc on avoiding heat related injuries.
 
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
- Information from NOAA on predictions for temperature and precipitation. Advice on avoiding heat related injuries.
 
http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.86f46a12f382290517a8f210b80f78a0/vgnextoid=92d51a53f1c37110VgnVCM1000003481a10aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default
– Preparedness information from the American Red Cross relating to a wide variety or emergency situations with good preparedness information in English and Spanish

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