Severe weather can be a frightening experience for some people. We at Victorian Storm Chasers (VSC) understand the importance of educating the public in terms of what to do before severe weather arrives and if you’re caught in the middle of it.
This page contains information about severe weather and the potential harm it can cause. Severe weather is not something to take lightly. It must be respected.
Remember, you’ll never be completely safe from severe weather, however, the information below will give you the best chance to prevent injury or damage to property. Some of the basic actions you can take to prevent damage to property include securing loose items and making sure any vehicles are parked undercover away from trees.
And remember, never attempt to drive or walk through a flooded area. You don’t know what’s under the water or more importantly how deep it is.
If you’re in Australia and you’d prefer to read something local, the Victorian SES has fantastic information about preparing for severe weather or if you’re caught in it. Visit the Victorian SES website.
The US experiences the most tornadoes in the world with an average of 1,200+ per year. The following brochures from the National Weather Service (NWS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are essential reading.
VSC loves chasing severe weather. We also take precautions to ensure our lives are not put at risk.
Often we receive comments from people wanting to know why a Severe Weather Warning or Severe Thunderstorm Warning has not been issued or has been cancelled. All Severe Weather and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. There is criteria which has to be met in order for a warning to be issued. Thunder and/or lightning are not part of the criteria. Below is a table which shows the criteria.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
People need to remember the Bureau makes predictions based on data which is generated from many different instruments. But there are so many variables with weather that even with the most sophisticated technology, agencies around the globe are still far from being able to predict exactly what the weather is going to do. This is the case with issuing warnings; especially Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. No one knows where a storm will develop and how severe it will become; if at all.
The best the Bureau can do is to issue warnings to the community warning them of possible severe weather and advising them of how they can best prepare themselves to avoid property damage and/or injury.