Severe Summer WeatherDuring the early spring and summer months, severe summer weather can occur. This includes damaging winds, lightning, extreme heat, and significant rainfall or hail events.
Each of these have direct hazards associated with them that will impact life safety or property and infrastructure. The primary event may lead to additional hazards such as loss of electricity and damage to utilities. It is important to be prepared by planning, assembling kits, and being aware.
Severe Winter WeatherNorth Dakota is no stranger to winter weather. At times it will become severe and will consequently impact our community. Severe winter weather such as blizzards and heavy snowfall can strand motorist and impact utility services. It is important to stay aware of impending weather and prepare accordingly. Adequate stores of food, water, and alternate sources of heat will increase your ability to weather those winter incidents.
Warnings vs. WatchesDuring severe weather events there will either be a watch or a warning advised by the National Weather Service. This can occur at any time of the year and will differ in weather types. In general a watch and warning means the following:
- Watch: means that a storm or hazard may be threatening our area but is not imminent.
- Warning: means that a storm or hazard is imminent and will impact a specific area immediately.
- Winter weather warnings indicate that the hazard will impact the area within 24 hours
- Summer weather warnings indicate that the hazard will impact the area immediately, you should seek shelter immediately
Be prepared in the event West Fargo experiences flood.Link to page
Shelter in Place
Sheltering in place is required when a hazard is outdoors and the conditions are unsafe for citizens without the proper protective equipment.Link to page
The sirens are intended to warn citizens of imminent threats such as tornadoes or chemical releases. Learn more about this warning system.Link to page