in Nebraska. The week provides opportunities for public, government and private
businesses to raise awareness, prepare, test and practice procedures for what to do during
a severe weather event. As long as no severe weather is expected or occurring,
the statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service on
Wednesday, March 27th between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. to 10 a.m. MDT).
The tornado drill timeline is available for the state.
The purpose of the drill is to ensure that Nebraskans can adequately receive a tornado
warning and to practice any actions which would be taken to protect your life in the event
of a real tornado. The test warning will be sent through all communication channels
which are normally used for severe weather dissemination. This tornado drill presents an
excellent opportunity for everyone at work, school, or home to practice their safety
Severe Weather Awareness Week provides the National Weather Service the opportunity
to get potentially lifesaving information out to the public. Each day this week, the
National Weather Service Offices across Nebraska will concentrate on one safety topic
and have this information available through Public Information Statements, on the
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and the Internet.
Thunderstorms are considered severe if they include wind gusts of 58 mph or greater and/or hail with a diameter of 1 inch or greater.
Defined as a violently rotating column of air pendent from or beneath a cumuliform cloud. In other words, the circulation must be connected to the cloud base as well as the ground. The condensation cloud itself may not be visible. Tornadoes kill approximately 60 individuals each year across the United States.
Flash flooding is by far the primary killer among severe weather hazards, claiming approximately 140 lives each year. More than half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related. Turn Around And Don't Drown!!!