Next week has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week for Wyoming by the National Weather Service. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.
Last year was a particularly busy year for severe weather in Wyoming, as there were eight confirmed tornadoes; 100 high wind and damaging wind events, over 300 large hail reports and 24 flash floods. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tom Frieders with the National Weather Service in Billings says that Severe Weather Awareness Week is a chance to remind citizens of the power of Mother Nature. Frieders said that people can be aware of upcoming hazardous weather by using the theme “Ready, Set, Go.” The meteorologist added that part of the awareness week for Wyoming will include a test tornado warning that will be issued statewide at 10:30 in the morning, Wednesday, April 23. He said that businesses, schools and local, state and federal government agencies should use this test as a drill of their own procedures for what they do when severe weather threatens.