Severe Weather Awareness Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/28/09

Severe Weather Awareness Day

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's third annual Severe Weather Awareness Day was held Saturday at the Science Spectrum. One group of Girl Scouts was on a weather watching mission. Girl Scout Abigail Newton was full of energy. "Working on a badge about weather," said Newton. The girls of Troop 6424 made all kinds of weather at the Science Spectrum. "So far we've learned about different kinds of tornadoes and how they form. We got to play some games on how to name clouds," she says. Her mom and troop leader D'Ana Newton says the day couldn't have been more perfect. "Weather is a topic that a lot of girls in the 4th through 5th grade don't know much about so this was a good badge for us to work on today," says Newton.  

One requirement to receiving the badge was meeting a meteorologist and NewsChannel 11's John Robinson helped the girls fill that requirement. Another was learning about what to do when severe weather hits. "If there's a tornado outside you can go inside and cover up and get in your closet and put a mattress over you," says Savannah, a member of troop 6424.

"Every year we tell people to have a weather plan in case weather threatens anytime day or night they know what to do, where to go, and how to stay safe," says Steven Cobb of the National Weather Service. Abigail knows just how important having a plan is. "So when something bad happens we can go home, turn on the television and see what's going on and get prepared for the storm," she says. Organizers hope that everyone walked away from the event with a plan.  

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