Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week-- March 14-18, 2011


Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week March 14-18

The week of March 14-18, 2011 has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska.   This week is utilized by the public, government and businesses to raise awareness, prepare, test, and practice procedures for what we would do during a severe weather event.     As long as no severe weather is expected or occurring, the statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service on the following date:

Wednesday, March 16th
Between 10 & 11 a.m. CDT

 Here is the timeline:

1000 AM CDT....Drill begins.
1010 AM CDT...Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Omaha issues a TEST Tornado Warning.
1020 AM CDT...WFO Omaha issues a Severe Weather Statement (SVS) as a follow-up to the  Tornado Warning.

1030 AM CDT...WFO Omaha issues an SVS to expire the Tornado Warning.

1100 AM CDT...Drill sequence ends.


       This tornado drill presents an excellent opportunity for everyone at work, school, or home to practice their safety measure, and we hope all will participate. 

    Severe Weather Awareness Week provides the National Weather Service with the opportunity to test communications systems that get life saving safety information out to the public. 


We hope that you will find the following information useful and please stress to others the importance of tuning in to NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, the National Weather Service website (, or a local radio or television station when severe weather strikes. Emergency sirens are designed for outdoor notification and people may not receive the warning due to indoor noise or equipment malfunctions. If you have any questions about the information given here, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


 Daily Public Information Statements 









Severe T-Storms






Saturday, April 9, 2011 - Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest


Downloads and Links

Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Information Packet (Large Printable PDF File-allow time to download)


Basic Spotter's Field Guide (.5MB .pdf file)

Advanced Spotter's Field Guide (3.2MB .pdf files)

Thunderstorms...Tornadoes...Lightning... Nature's Most Violent Storms ( 1.89MB .pdf file)

Coaches & Sports Official Guide to Lightning Safety (1.4MB .pdf file)

Sky Watcher Cloud Chart (2.14MB .pdf file)


Station Listings and Coverage for NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio


Owlie Skywarn

Storms Ahead (1.6MB)

Tornadoes Ahead (1MB)

Floods Ahead (.8MB)

Ligtning Ahead (.9MB)


StormReady Home Page

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