With temperatures climbing into the 70s the past two days in Western Wisconsin, it’s a sure sign that spring has truly sprung in our area. However, the warmer temperatures should also be a reminder of what’s ahead in the upcoming months…severe weather. This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
This is the week to take the time at your home, school, or work place to develop a plan of action in the event of severe weather. Make sure your weather radio is ready to go, or if you don’t have one, now would be a good time to get one. NOAA Weather Radios are an excellent source of weather information directly from the National Weather Service who issues the warnings.
This Thursday, April 24th, there will be a state-wide tornado drill beginning at 1:45 p.m. This would be the time to practice your severe weather plan. Tomorrow (April 22nd), there is a storm spotter training session in Eau Claire at the Savings Grace Lutheran Church. Meteorologist from the National Weather Service will put on a presentation of how to accurately discern and report tornadoes and other severe weather. It begins at 7 p.m.
Here’s a great website to visit from the La Crosse National Weather Service office. It has a ton of great resources with information on severe thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes, lightning and other important topics. There’s also a great breakdown of the different watches and warnings that can be issued during severe weather and what the criteria is for when they get issued.
Also, the National Weather Service made these helpful videos that take you step by step of what to do before, during, and after a tornado.
BEFORE A TORNADO
DURING A TORNADO
AFTER A TORNADO