Statewide Tornado Drill are being conducted TODAY (April 24th) in Wisconsin and Minnesota
NOTE...THERE WILL LIKELY BE AREAS OF RAIN AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN PARTS OF WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA DURING THE TEST TIME...BUT SEVERE WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED. IT COULD BE RAINING HARD AND SKIES COULD BE DARK...BUT WHEN THE DRILL IS CONDUCTED...THERE WILL NOT BE ANY ACTUAL SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRING. WE APOLOGIZE IF THIS CAUSES ANY CONFUSION OR CONCERN...BUT MANY GROUPS DEPEND ON CONDUCTING THIS DRILL SO PLANS ARE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE DRILL. THE TIME TABLE FOR THE DRILL GOES AS FOLLOWS... 100 PM CDT - TEST TORNADO WATCH FOR MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN 145 PM CDT - TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN 200 PM CDT - AFTERNOON DRILL ENDS 655 PM CDT - TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR MINNESOTA ONLY 710 PM CDT - EVENING DRILL FOR MINNESOTA ENDS
NOTE to Broadcasters - Live Emergency Alert System (EAS) codes will be used today for watches and warnings.
The Wisconsin and Minnesota Emergency Management and the National Weather Service have declared this week (April 21-25th) Severe Weather Awareness Week. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Minnesotans and Wisconsinites that severe weather is part of living in our states and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.
Additional preparedness information can be found at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=severeprep
Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics
New Updates for 2014
Impact Based Warnings - The Impact Based Warning (IBW) experimental project is an effort to better communicate severe weather threats with National Weather Service warnings. The project began in 2013 and it will continue in 2014. Checkout the IBW page here.
Wireless Emergency Alerts - 2014 will be the second severe weather season with Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Click here to learn about WEA and how the alerts might impact how you receive a warning. Here is a new PSA featuring a Flash Flood Warning and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Click here
Be A Force of Nature Website is located on the National Weather Services Weather Ready Nation page. There is a wealth of preparedness material on the page! Click here
YouTube videos about what to do before, during and after a tornado
Get Weather-Ready: Before a Tornado
Get Weather-Ready: During a Tornado
Get Weather-Ready: After a Tornado