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Below are radar feeds of the National Weather Service Radar in Shreveport and a compliation of radars that feed the State of Texas. Warnings polygons will be displayed on the top map in Yellow (Severe Thunderstorm Warning), Red (Tornado Warning), and Green (Flash Flood Warning) if those threats are present and warnings are issued from the NWS in Shreveport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shreveport NWS Radar Base Reflectivity

 

NWS Southern Regional Radar (Texas)

Current Radar

NWS Radar - Shreveport, Louisiana





NWS Radar - South Central Plains Radar Loop

Safety Tips

Lightning / Hail Safety

Tornado Safety

Hot Weather Safety

Lightning Safety Tips - Also great tips for a hail storm.

There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the U.S.

 

The best way to protect yourself from lightning is to avoid the threat. You simply don’t want to be caught outside in a storm. Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel or postpone activities early if thunderstorms are expected. Monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the weather becomes threatening. Substantial buildings and hard-topped vehicles are safe options. Rain shelters, small sheds, and open vehicles are not safe.

 

A safe shelter from lightning is either a substantial building or a enclosed metal vehicle. A safe building is one that is fully enclosed with a roof, walls and floor, and has plumbing or wiring. Examples include a home, school, church, hotel, office building or shopping center.  Once inside, stay away from showers, sinks, bath tubs, and electronic equipment such as stoves, radios, corded telephones and computers.

 

Unsafe buildings include car ports, open garages, covered patios, picnic shelters, beach pavilions, golf shelters, tents of any kinds, baseball dugouts, sheds and greenhouses.

 

A safe vehicle is any fully enclosed metal-topped vehicle such as a hard-topped car, minivan, bus, truck, etc. While inside a safe vehicle, do not use electronic devices such as radio communications during a thunderstorm. If you drive into a thunderstorm, slow down and use extra caution. If possible, pull off the road into a safe area. Do not leave the vehicle during a thunderstorm.

 

Unsafe vehicles include golf carts, convertibles, motorcycles, or any open cab vehicle.

Tornado Safety Tips

More tornadoes strike Texas than any other state. They can occur at any time of year, including winter, but are most frequent from mid-March through May. They are also common during hurricanes.

To prepare for these violent storms, there are several precautions you can take:

  • Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of your home, such as a bathroom, closet or room without windows. Cover yourself with a mattress or cushions.
  • In an office building, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and take shelter in a nearby building. If there are none, lie flat in a ditch or ravine.
  • At school, follow plans and go to a designated shelter area, usually interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid auditoriums, gyms and areas with wide, free-span roofs.
  • In a shopping center, move towards the interior away from exterior glass walls.

Never stay inside a car. Get out and lie flat in a ditch or a ravine. If a building is nearby, take shelter inside. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.

DO NOT TAKE SHELTER UNDER AN OVERPASS! Construction elements of an overpass actually increase the wind potential and you can be pulled from under the bridge and injured or killed.

If you are in open country, take cover in a low spot away from trees, preferably in a ditch or ravine.

Learn the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.
A Tornado Watch means watch the sky, conditions are favorable for thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes in the affected area.

A Tornado Warning means a tornado is on the ground or conditions are favorable in the storm to produce a tornado in the affected area. Seek shelter immediately.

Hot Weather Safety Tips

Heat kills. To keep your cool during periods of excessive heat:

 

  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must work outside, try to do it during the coolest part of the day – usually in the early morning.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If you don't have air conditioning, stay on the lowest floor of a building out of the sun. Use electric fans if you have them. They don't cool the air, but they do help sweat to evaporate, which cools your body.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty. Your body needs fluids to keep cool. Avoid beverages with caffeine, such as coffee, and alcohol.
  • Eat smaller meals, but eat more often.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the body's job of keeping cool more difficult.
  • Check on the elderly, children, and those who are ill; all are vulnerable to excessive heat.
  • Ensure that your pets are provided with shade and adequate water.

The chart below illustrates approximate indoor car temperatures after exposure in sunlight.

 

 

 

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Mesoscale Discussions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convective Outlooks

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