We’re likely done with blizzards for a while, but now it’s time for Nebraskans to focus on being prepared for the challenges of the warm weather months ahead. This is the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service, says today’s focus is on flooding and flash flooding, while tomorrow, it’ll be on watches, warnings and how you get them.
“Wednesday will be tornado day, so we’ll be concentrating on tornadoes with a statewide tornado drill beginning at 10 AM, simulating how the National Weather Service and all of our partners cover a tornado watch and tornado warnings,” Podrazik says.
In one of last year’s worst twister incidents, a pair of EF4 tornadoes touched down in and around the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger on June 16th. Two people were killed, 20 people were critically hurt and a large section of the town was demolished.
Tornadoes can strike any month of the year, but Nebraska’s peak months are April, May and June.
“Thursday, we’ll be covering severe thunderstorms,” Podrazik says. “They’re sometimes just as potent as tornadoes, with large damaging hail and very strong winds, they can be prevalent.” The emphasis Friday will be on family preparedness for severe weather.
Learn more at: www.weather.gov