Session 8 Meteorological Hazards

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These sessions will introduce the basic natural processes, historical geographic ranges, and potential impacts of the natural hazards that are not as unique to the coastal zone. Session 8 : Meteorological Natural Hazards

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Introduction: Meteorological Hazards in the Coastal Zone Slide 8. 2 , Introduction Coastal Hazards can be defined as natural hazards that occur within the coastal zone. The hazards discussed in Sessions 8 and 9 can happen in the coastal zone, but occur in other locations as well. The following meteorological hazards will be discussed in this session: Severe Thunderstorms Tornadoes Drought Blizzards Dam Failure (Source: NOAA Photo Library) (Source: National Weather Service) Session 8: Meteorological Hazards Coastal Hazards Management Course

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What is a Severe Thunderstorm? Slide 8. 3 , Severe Thunderstorm Thunderstorms result in rain, wind, lightning, and sometimes will produce hail and tornadoes (Source: NOAA) (Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ) Types of Lightning Session 8: Meteorological Hazards Coastal Hazards Management Course Distribution of Hail Storms

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What is a Tornado? Slide 8. 4 , Tornadoes (Source: Dr. T. T. Fujita, University of Chicago) (Source: http://www.germantown.k12.il.us/html/tornado.html) (Source: NOAA Photo Library) Tornadoes in the US are concentrated in “Tornado Alley”, but can occur along the coast Session 8: Meteorological Hazards Coastal Hazards Management Course

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What is Drought? Slide 8. 5 , Drought (Source: http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html ) Session 8: Meteorological Hazards Coastal Hazards Management Course

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What is a Blizzard? Blizzards are a severe form of winter weather hazards. Ice storms also are a dangerous result of winter storm systems. )

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What is a Wildfire? A wildfire is an uncontrolled burning of grasslands, brush or woodlands.

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Tornado Disasters Slide 8. 8 , Tornado Disaster (Source: http://www.tornadoproject.com/toptens/topten3.htm) Tornadoes can bring mass destruction to some areas, yet leave adjacent areas untouched. Session 8: Meteorological Hazards Coastal Hazards Management Course

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Drought Disasters A typical scene during the Dust Bowl (Source: NOAA)

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Severe Thunderstorm Disasters Thunderstorms occur regularly, but hail and lightning can cause damage to property, injury and death. )

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Blizzard Disasters Red Cross workers search for victims buried in cars following snowfall during the Blizzard of "77."

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Wildfire Disasters A view of California wildfires from space

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