Minnesota/Wisconsin Severe Weather Awareness Week (Updated Daily)

The National Weather Service, along with the Homeland Security and Emergency Management offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin have designated the week of April 20-24, 2009 as Severe Weather Awareness/Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, in their respective states.   This is a great time to get educated about the dangers of severe weather, and it is encouraged to go over safety plans to prepare yourself for when severe weather strikes.

In helping to prepare for this year's severe weather season, statewide tornado drills took place on Thursday, April 23, 2009.  Although the test tornado watch and warnings have already taken place, now is still a good time to determine what ways you can prepare for life-threatening severe weather.  

The themes being highlighted throughout the week included:

  • Monday:   Products Used by the National Weather Service
  • Tuesday:   Severe Thunderstorms
  • Wednesday:   Tornadoes
  • Thursday:   Flash Flooding
  • Friday:   NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio

Please check out our Severe Weather Awareness Page to get important information about the above topics, along with other information to prepare yourself for the severe weather season. 

Other links that may be of interest:

Tornado from June 11, 2004 in extreme northwest Howard County, IA Lightning in Abbotsford, WI. Shelf Cloud - 5 miles SW of Rochester, July 21, 2005

Today's Topic is NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio

Staying informed when severe weather threatens is crucial.  One of the best ways to do this is to use a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a direct source of weather information from the National Weather Service.  A variety of weather related information is broadcast 24 hours a day and available only through a weather radio or scanner.

Routine broadcast information typically includes:

  • current regional weather conditions
  • regional weather summaries
  • and the latest forecast

Non-routine information may include:

  • radar summaries
  • short term forecasts
  • river level information
  • and perhaps most importantly, severe weather alerts

Weather radios can alert you immediately when a watch or warning is issued for your area.  Even in the middle of the night, the tone or beep a weather radio makes can alert you and give you advance notice to better protect yourself, your family, and your property.

Weather radios also broadcast Civil Emergency Messages for local hazardous events.  Hence, it becomes an all hazards alerting device.

Weather radios can be purchased at most electronic or department stores for $25 to $70.  The more expensive models allow you to program the radio to only alert for specific counties, which is called Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME.

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