Fall weather safety: What you need to know

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Fall Weather Safety: What You Need To Know


(EYE OPENER) -- Usually when you think of severe weather and tornadoes, you think spring! As it turns out, fall can bring more than just some pretty red leaves.

Fall is known as the second severe weather season. It's not as potent as the classic spring-season, but still a force to be reckoned with.

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All of the classic severe weather threats like flooding, high winds, hail, and even tornadoes are all possible in the fall. These weather events are most common in late October and early November.

This time of year is similar to the spring in a lot of ways, because it's all about transitional air masses. While the summer is just hot, and winter is just plain old cold, spring and fall are times of seasonal transitions.

When strong cold fronts march across the country, pushing out warm, humid air, those two air masses collide and do battle--and that's how storms are tornadoes are formed! The second severe weather season doesn't always take a back seat to it's more famous spring-sibling. Six of the 45 largest tornado outbreaks in history happened during the fall. So, don't let the fact that it's fall put you in a false sense of security when it comes to weather.

As always, have a preparedness plan for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Know the safest place to go in your home, have a first aid kit ready, and make sure your flashlights have fresh batteries.

And here's the thing: you don't have to be scared of fall weather. The lesson still remains: be aware, take care, and stay safe.

Look at beautiful fall foliage from around the world:

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A leaf floats in water in Regent's Park on October 21, 2014 in London, England. Despite weather warnings issued by the Met Office for high winds and rain off the back of Hurricane Gonzalo, those predictions didn't materialise in London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: An End of road sign is seen overgrown in bushes two years after Superstorm Sandy damaged much of the area on October 29, 2014 in the Graham Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island Borough of New York City. Huricane Sandy was recorded as the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It caused over $68 billion in damages, and hundreds of people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. Today marks the two-year anniversary of its storm surge hitting New York City and the surrounding area which flooded streets, tunnels and subway lines and cut power in and around the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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