[FSU ALERT - Businesses / Churches / Housing] Extremely Cold Outbreak Coming - FSU Situation Report - Issued 1/4/14 5:00PM

Bujak, David R. dbujak at admin.fsu.edu
Sat Jan 4 17:01:51 EST 2014


FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Emergency Management Team

Situation Report
Issued 1/4/14 5:00PM

Situation: Extremely Cold Outbreak Coming

* HIGHLIGHTS / SUMMARY:
 - Extremely cold temperatures and associated wind chill values to affect Tallahassee Monday through Wednesday.
 - Coldest temperatures and wind chills in over a decade are forecasted to occur.
 - Outdoor activities related to the BCS National Championship game should exercise caution.
 - Protect People, Pets, Plants, Pipes, and Practice Fire Safety.

* WATCHES / WARNINGS:
 - None currently in effect.

* DETAILED FORECAST:
 - Video briefing from the National Weather Service - Tallahassee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIEjz1HtRWM

 - An arctic cold front passes through late Sunday night into Monday morning.  Sunday night's low temperature may actually be Monday's high temperature, around 40'F. The temperature will slowly decrease into the 30's throughout the day on Monday. However, breezy conditions will result in wind chill (feels like) values in the upper 20's to low 30's. In other words, it will FEEL like below-freezing throughout most of the day on Monday.

 - Monday evening, overnight into Tuesday morning will the first of two extremely cold periods.  These are forecasted to be the coldest in over a decade with wind chill values as low at 7'F predicted. Given the large number of outdoor activities planned in association with the BCS National Championship Game, everyone needs to exercise extreme caution. Here's an hour-by-hour breakdown of temperatures for Monday night:
 TIME

 ACTUAL TEMPERATURE ('F)

 WIND CHILL (with wind, will feel like this)('F)

 6:00 PM

 37

 27

 7:00 PM

 35

 25

 8:00 PM

 33

 23

 9:00 PM

 31

 20

 10:00 PM

 29

 18

 11:00 PM

 28

 17

 12:00 AM

 26

 16

 1:00 AM

 25

 15

 2:00 AM

 24

 13

 3:00 AM

 22

 12

 4:00 AM

 21

 10

 5:00 AM

 20

 9

 - Daytime temperatures on Tuesday will unlikely break 40'F.  Wind chill values will barely break the freezing mark at 33'F. Like Monday, Tuesday will feel like below-freezing all day long.

 - Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be the second night of extremely cold temperatures. The overnight low will be near 20'F with a wind chill near 10'F.
 - The arctic grasp will finally release on Wednesday as temperatures moderate into the mid-50's.

* SAFETY TIPS:

 - PROTECT PEOPLE:
    - Minimize outdoor exposure to cold temperatures as much as possible. Stay indoors or near heating sources.
    - Dress appropriately. Dress in layers, especially if you will be exerting in any physical activity or going inside and out repeatedly.
    - Stay dry! Getting your body or clothing wet is the fasted way to become hypothermic.
    - More Information - Hypothermia: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-hypothermia
    - More Information - Frostbite: http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/frostbite-treatment

 - PROTECT PETS:
    - Despite their fur coats, pets acclimated to our climate are not prepared for these extremely cold temperatures.
    - Bring all pets indoors for the night.
    - More Information - Protecting Pets from the Cold: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html

 - PROTECT PLANTS:
    - A Hard Freeze of extended duration is likely to severely damage delicate plants not bred for freezing temperatures.
    - Cover all delicate plants with sheets or boxes.
    - More Information - Protecting Plants from Freeze: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/potpourri/weather/cold_protect.html<https://java.apps.fsu.edu/roller/roller-ui/authoring/%20http:/gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/potpourri/weather/cold_protect.html>

 - PROTECT PIPES:
    - Temperatures like those forecasted are capable of freezing and bursting exposed plumbing.
    - More Information - Preventing Frozen Pipes: http://www.weather.com/activities/homeandgarden/home/hometips/severeweather/pipefreeze_prevent.html

 - PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY:
    - If you are tempted to use your fireplace, an outdoor firepit, or portable heaters for supplemental heating, be sure to use extreme caution.
    - Follow all manufacturer's instructions. Not all heaters are intended for indoor use. Be aware of potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
    - Do not leave fires or heaters unattended.
    - Make sure no flammable items are too close to the fire or heating source.
    - More Information - Indoor Heating Safety: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/hotspot.shtm
    - More Information - Outdoor Heating and Grilling Safety: http://www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=1217

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