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Welcome to the Near North Severe Weather Alliance (NNSWA)

The Near North Severe Weather Alliance is currently reconstructing this webpage. Work should be fully completed in the next two-three months. Thank you for your patience.
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We have uploaded a media player to the site for your enjoyment. When we have no new material to display, we will have our "tornado siren" blowing. Enjoy! Hey, ever wonder what a tornado sounds like up close well turn up your speakers and listen in!
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Is the Near North under the gun for severe weather? We have a three color code system to better prepare you for severe storms.
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CODE GREEN= No strong or severe storms expected. There may be a shower or light thunderstorms but they will remain well below severe limits.
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CODE YELLOW= Strong to severe storms are possible within a 5 hour period but these may be dropped or extended. This DOES NOT mean that strong to severe storms will occur but is only a precaution to be prepared for the development of strong to severe storms.
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CODE RED = Strong to severe storms are imminent within the Near North. We will give details of where these storms may hit and at what time. This type of alert may last up to 3 hours but these may be dropped or extended. During severe storms, seek immediate shelter and stay tuned to your local media outlet for further information. We work with AM 600 CKAT and 102 FM "The Fox", thus, tune in to these stations for weather updates. Report all severe weather damage to your local law enforcement.
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Current Color Code:GREEN
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UPDATED:2001/2/20 7:19 pm
Current Color Code (see legend above):GREEN
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The Near North Severe Weather Alliance has constructed a quiz on Tornado Safety and What you should do if one approches. Enjoy!
The Near North Severe Weather Alliance's Tornado Safety Quiz
Tornado safety is very important, especially after hearing of the Pine Lake, Alberta Tornado Trajedy of July 14th, 2000. By knowing what to do when one approaches, you just may save your family's and your own life.

1. What type of home do you find safest when it comes to severe weather?
Mobile Home
Strong, Sturdy Home with a basement
Home on an elevated foundation
Strong home with a small, interior room

2. If you hear a tornado warning or see a tornado approaching while driving, what should you do?
Try to outrun it
Get out of the vehicle and lay in the ditch and cover your head with your hands
Seek refuge under an overpass
Get out of the vehicle and seek shelter in a strong building

3. After a tornado strikes and damage has occured, what should you do?
Call the neighbours
Call your local law enforcement
Call CNN
Yell at the tornado to clean after itself

4. When do tornadoes MOST COMMONLY form?
Early Morning
Late Afternoon-Early Evening
Late Evening
Exactly at noon

5. Tornadoes form where in a thunderstorm?
Before the thunderstorm
Towards the end of the storm
North end of the storm
None of the above

6. What key component do you need to create a tornado?
Mountains
Lakes
Wind Sheer
Hot Temperatures

7. What scale rates tornadoes?
Fujita Scale
Forbes Scale
Foreman Scale
Fireman Scale

8. What type of damage can be expected with an F4 tornado?
Devastating
Incredible
Moderate
Severe

9. What rating was given to the May 3, 1999 Oklahoma City tornado?
F3
F5
F1
F2

10. During a tornado, where should you go in your home?
To the basement in a small, windowless room
The bathtub
Run outside
In a small room in the center part of your home

11. Where do you get your warnings?
Television
WeatherRadio
Neighbour calling you
Radio stations

12. What's the larger cyclone within the thunderstorm called?
Hypercyclone
Spiral Wind
Mesocyclone
Supercyclone

We hope you learnt more about tornadoes and tornado safety. Thank you for participating in our quiz. The total amount of points possible is 120. Thanks again!

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The NNSWA is looking ahead and is looking into emergency sirens in case a severe storm bears down upon a town or city in the Near North. Here's a short clip of a demonstration of a tornado siren system in the U.S. You'll need Quicktime player to play this video. Tornado Siren video
The Weather Network
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It has been 1 year since some of the most violent tornadoes on the planet struck Oklahoma and Kansas with full F5 tornadic force. One such tornado was clocked with 318 mph(512 km/h) winds! The fastest wind ever recorded on Earth! Click on the link below to link to our special page.
PLEASE SIGN THE NNSWA GUESTBOOK AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK OF THE SITE!
Check out our new Winter Recreation Page by clicking on the picture below.
The NNSWA Summer Weather Web Poll
What kind of Summer will it be? It's your call!

Hot-Tornadoes
Warm-Thunderstorms
Normal
Cool-Dry
Cool-Rainy


Results
The NNSWA would like volunteers to report weather conditions from their locations. Only requirement, you must live in the Near North. For more info, call the NNSWA at 472-7797 or email us at nnswa@hotmail.com
Click2Talk
Bravenet.com
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Do you like to the most early warning for your safety. Sign up for the NNSWA "First Alert Weather Warning System (FAWWS)" It's free and you will be emailed whenever a weather watch or warning comes up. Brought to you by the Near North Severe Weather Alliance.
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Prefered Websites of the NNSWA.

Environment Canada's Watches and Warnings for Ontario.
Dave Patrick's totally awesome page! Great job Dave!
North Bay's Award winning Website!
Radar images of our area. North Bay's ID is YYB on this image.
Excellent source of information on tornadoes and tornado safety.
Canada's public on-air weather broadcasting: The Weather Network!
Weatheradio Canada's site for frequencies and transmitter sites in Canada.
Canwarn's official site. (No response at server)
Excellent Infrared Satellite (click area of interest on map)
Excellent Water Vapor image (click area of interest on map)
Dave Patrick sells Pet Tornadoes. Click here for more info.
Another Excellent Resource for information about the city of North Bay (with a whole new makeover!)

Email: nnswa@hotmail.com