Banner for Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wyoming

Tornado near the Park and Big Horn County Line on June 1st, 2005.
   7 miles ESE of Powell - June 1, 2005.

Main Watch/Warning Program Planning for a Disaster Severe Weather Safety Lightning Safety Fire Weather

The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Wyoming are sponsoring the severe weather awareness week.

The NWS and Wyoming Department of Homeland Security officials will conduct a statewide tornado drill around 10:30 A.M. MDT Friday, April 25th. The exercise is designed to train emergency services organizations and educate people how to respond to a tornado warning. Communities may sound local warning sirens and many schools will conduct safety drills for their students. The tornado drill will also include a test of the Emergency Alert System and the test warning will interrupt local radio and television broadcasts.

You do not need to take any action during the drill. However, officials encourage you to become familiar with safety rules and make plans to protect yourself and your family when storms develop. If an actual tornado warning was issued, it means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar and people should take shelter immediately. Tornado warnings are disseminated through NOAA weather radio, local television and radio stations, cable television systems, and outdoor warning sirens.

This information is provided in order to inform you on the different types of severe weather we have in Wyoming and also to provide safety information related to each type. Click on one of the tabs above to learn more.

Monday, April 21: NWS Watch and Warning Program & Climatology

Tuesday, April 22: Planning for a Natural Disaster & All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio

Wednesday, April 23: Lightning Facts & Safety

Thursday, April 24: Fire Weather

Friday, April 25: Severe Weather Safety & The Statewide Tornado Drill

Wyoming is served by five National Weather Service offices. We issue watches and warnings for the protection of life and property. For additional information, contact your local NWS office:

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Pictures of damage in Worland caused by a microburst on July 3, 2011.
Microburst Damage in Worland, WY - July 3rd, 2011. Photos Courtesy of James Yule.

A picture of a lightning strike at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National park on June 21, 2005.
  Old Faithful in Yellowstone - June 21, 2005. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.