May 25, 2015

Spring may spawn severe weather, tips on being prepared for what’s coming

Dark CloudsWith winter behind us, Nebraskans need to get in the mindset to be prepared for different potential weather dangers associated with spring — like hail, lightning, flash flooding and tornadoes.

Meteorologist Jeff Johnson, at the National Weather Service, says today marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska. One key element will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday morning.

“We’ll have the watch at 10, followed by a Tornado Warning at about 10:15,” Johnson says. “It’s an excellent time to exercise your home plan, if you have one, or your school response to a tornado or your business response.”

Each day this week will focus on different types of severe weather, including flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, developing a family emergency plan and how watches and warnings have changed in recent years. Johnson says it’s difficult to predict what kind of year will be ahead, especially after such a cold, snowy winter.

“It all depends on where the weather patterns set up in April, May and June,” Johnson says. “I always tell everybody prepare for the worst and we’re going to have severe weather at some point. We’re going to have tornadic storms, flash flooding storms, large hail and wind.”

Over the next few weeks, the National Weather Service will hold storm spotter classes across Nebraska. The classes offer information about cloud development, how to spot tornadoes and more.

Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week at and the spotter classes here:



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