Severe weather awareness campaigns beginning
Statewide Tornado Drills & Spotter Training Classes Scheduled
With a chilly winter starting to wind down, temperatures will be warming up (hopefully) over the next few weeks, and as winter and spring battle it out for control of our weather, things will likely get active again soon in terms of severe weather. Typically, the months of March, April, and May serve as the peak of our severe weather season, and with that comes the need to review our severe weather safety plans. Each year as we head toward spring, the National Weather Service and state governments plan severe weather awareness campaigns to encourage residents to review safety procedures and remind them of the dangers we face from flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes. This year's campaigns are already underway for parts of the area, and statewide tornado drills have been scheduled, providing a time for schools, workplaces, and homes to review their specific plans of action.
In Kentucky, the entire month of March will serve as Severe Weather Awareness Month, with a statewide tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday, March 2nd at 9:07 AM. In Illinois, the campaign runs from Feb. 28 through March 6, with a tornado drill set for Tuesday, March 2nd at 10:00 AM. In Missouri, the campaign runs from March 8-13, with drills scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 at 1:30 PM. This past week served as the campaign dates in Tennessee.
In addition to these campaigns, the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and local media rely not only on radar information, but also on local individuals who volunteer their time as Skywarn storm spotters. Spotters spend several hours training to learn about severe weather, then voluteer their time to "keep an eye to the sky" during severe weather and report what they are seeing to the National Weather Service. If you are interested in learning more about being a spotter, there are several training sessions scheduled around the area over the next few weeks. For more information, CLICK HERE.