Severe Weather Awareness Week: April 4-8, 2022

April 4-8, 2022 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. It’s a great time to review your plans in the event severe weather strikes.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes per year. During the 2021 season, the NWS confirmed 41 tornadoes touched down in the State of Wisconsin. While spring and summer are the most active time of the year for tornadoes, they can happen in any month.

In addition to preparedness and education this week, the State of Wisconsin is also conducting a statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 7. At 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., everyone is encouraged to pause what they are doing and practice going to their designated shelter location. The drill will not include a mock tornado warning issued — that means there will be no test alerts sounded on NOAA Weather Radios. Some communities may still choose to test their outdoor warning sirens during the drill times.

If there is severe weather expected anywhere in the state on April 7, the drill will be postponed to Friday, April 8.