March 4, 2013 Test Tornado Warning

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
211 PM CST WED FEB 27 2013

...TEST TORNADO WARNING TO BE ISSUED MAR 4TH...

AT 1030 AM CST MONDAY MARCH 4 2013 THE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN NWS
FORECAST OFFICE WILL ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR 20 COUNTIES IN
SOUTH-CENTRAL...EAST-CENTRAL...AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...

MARQUETTE   GREEN LAKE   FOND DU LAC              SHEBOYGAN
SAUK        COLUMBIA     DODGE        WASHINGTON  OZAUKEE
IOWA        DANE         JEFFERSON    WAUKESHA    MILWAUKEE
LAFAYETTE   GREEN        ROCK         WALWORTH    RACINE
                                                  KENOSHA

THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING WILL HAVE A 15-MINUTE DURATION AND
EXPIRE AT 1045 AM CST.

AT 1045 AM CST MONDAY MARCH 4TH A TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT WILL
BE ISSUED TO SIGNAL EXPIRATION OF THE TEST TORNADO WARNING.

THIS TEST IS NOT PART OF...NOR DOES IT REPLACE THE SCHEDULED TEST
TORNADO DRILL ON THURSDAY APRIL 18 2013.

NO SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED MONDAY MARCH 4TH.

THIS TEST IS BEING CONDUCTED ONLY TO TEST INTERNAL COMMUNICATION
SYSTEMS.

NO ACTION IS NEEDED FROM EMERGENCY MANAGERS OR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THE MARCH 4TH TEST TORNADO WARNING WILL NOT BE RELAYED AS A WIRELESS
EMERGENCY ALERT /WEA/ ON MOBILE DEVICES SUCH AS SMARTPHONES.

...NOAA WEATHER RADIO...
THE TEST TORNADO WARNING WILL NOT BE TONE-ALERTED AND BROADCAST
ONTO OUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS NETWORK. THEREFORE...THERE
WILL BE NO EAS CONNECTION FOR AUDIO INTERRUPTION OF COMMERCIAL
BROADCAST SYSTEMS.

THE TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ONTO OUR
NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS NETWORK.

WEATHER RADIO LISTENERS WILL STILL HEAR OUR REGULAR BROADCAST
CYCLE DURING OUR TEST BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE OUR WEATHER RADIO
SYSTEM IN A DIGITAL BACK-UP MODE.

...NOAA WEATHER WIRE TELETYPE SYSTEM...
THE TEST TORNADO WARNING AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT WILL
BE DISSEMINATED ONTO THE NOAA WEATHER WIRE TELETYPE SYSTEM AND
OTHER SIMILAR SYSTEMS.

THE TEST WARNING AND TEST STATEMENT WILL HAVE THE LETTER...T...IN
THE VTEC CODE LINE. THE LETTER...T...REPRESENTS TEST.

ADDITIONALLY THE WORD ...TEST...WILL APPEAR IN SEVERAL PLACES WITHIN
THE TEST TORNADO WARNING AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENTS.

BROADCAST ENGINEERS MAY WISH TO TURN OFF ANY AUTOMATED SYSTEMS
THAT DO NOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN ACTUAL OR TEST TORNADO WARNINGS
AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENTS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IF AN
AUTOMATED SYSTEM FEEDS OFF OF THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO TELETYPE
SYSTEM OR SIMILAR SYSTEMS...RATHER THAN THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO
ALL HAZARDS NETWORK.

...TEST TORNADO WARNING AND SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT WORDING...
NOTE...THE TEST TORNADO WARNING AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
HAVE EMBEDDED WORDING THAT SUGGESTS ALL OF WISCONSIN IS IN THE TEST.
OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT TRUE. THE REASON FOR THIS KIND OF WORDING IS
WE ARE TESTING A TEMPLATE FOR AUTOMATION PURPOSES. THIS TEMPLATE
WILL BE USED DURING OUR SCHEDULED TORNADO DRILL BETWEEN 1 PM AND 2
PM CST ON THURSDAY APRIL 18 2013 WHICH IS FOR ALL OF WISCONSIN.

DO NOT BE CONFUSED BY THE...ALL OF WISCONSIN WORDING...IN THE TEST
TORNADO WARNING AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT. THE ONLY PARTS
OF WISCONSIN IN THIS TEST ARE THE SOUTH-CENTRAL...EAST-CENTRAL...AND
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN COUNTIES.

...RELATIONSHIP TO THE APRIL 18 2013 TORNADO DRILL...
TODAY/S TEST TORNADO WARNING AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT ARE
NOT PART OF THE TEST TORNADO DRILL WE WILL CONDUCT ON APRIL 18 2013
DURING WISCONSIN/S TORNADO AND SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
CAMPAIGN. NOR DO THEY REPLACE THE TEST TORNADO WARNING AND TEST
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT WE STILL PLAN ON ISSUING ON APRIL 18 2013.

WE WILL NOT ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WATCH ON MONDAY MARCH 4TH.

...CONCLUDING WORDS...
REPEAT...THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING AND TEST SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
WILL BE FOR 20 COUNTIES IN SOUTH-CENTRAL...EAST-CENTRAL...AND
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. IT IS NOT A TEST FOR ALL OF WISCONSIN.

NO SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED MONDAY MARCH 4TH.

THIS TEST IS BEING CONDUCTED ONLY TO TEST INTERNAL COMMUNICATION
SYSTEMS.

THIS TEST IS NOT PART OF...NOR DOES IT REPLACE THE SCHEDULED TEST
TORNADO DRILL ON THURSDAY APRIL 18 2013.

NO ACTION IS NEEDED FROM EMERGENCY MANAGERS OR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THE MARCH 4TH TEST TORNADO WARNING WILL NOT BE RELAYED AS A WIRELESS
EMERGENCY ALERT /WEA/ ON MOBILE DEVICES SUCH AS SMARTPHONES.

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