Severe Weather Awareness Week March 24-28, 2014

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The week of March 24-28, 2014 has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska and Iowa. 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 26th
Between 10 & 11 a.m. CDT

Here is the timeline:

1000 AM CDT....Drill begins.  The Storm Prediction Center issues a Test Tornado Watch for all of Iowa and Nebraska valid until 11:00 am CDT.
1010 AM CDT...Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Omaha and Sioux Falls  issues a TEST Tornado Warning for their Iowa and Nebraska counties.
1020 AM CDT...WFO in Hastings issues a TEST Tornado Warning for their Nebraska counties.

1030 AM CDT...WFO in Cheyenne, WY issues a TEST Tornado Warning for their Nebraska Panhandle counties.

1035 AM CDT...WFO in North Platte issues a TEST Tornado Warning for their Nebraska counties.

1040 AM CDT...WFO in Goodland issues a TEST Tornado Warning for their Nebraska counties.

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






Flash Flooding

Warning Reception


Severe Thunderstorms

Family Preparedness



Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest


Downloads and Links

Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Week Page

Nebraska/Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Information Packet (Large Printable 3.8 MB PDF File-allow time to download)


Weather Spotter's Field Guide (Large .pdf file)

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 (17MB)

Tornadoes Ahead (1MB)

Floods Ahead (.8MB)

Lightning Ahead (.9MB)


StormReady Home Page is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.