Severe Weather Season

April 4-April 8, 2022 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Wisconsin. This important week is intended to remind everyone of the potential for severe weather and the need to prepare for what to do in the event of severe weather. Severe weather in Wisconsin includes tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding.

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. While there will not be an official test of watches and warnings in our area, municipalities near us will sound the tornado sirens at 1:45 and 6:45 pm.  Local TV stations may cut into programming to discuss the drill.

Please note that we are not requiring University Apartments residents or staff to seek shelter during these events, but we encourage you to talk with your household members about where you will go in case of an actual tornado warning.

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

Tornado sirens in Dane Country are also tested at Noon the first Wednesday of every month from March through November.

If you have any questions about severe weather or the tornado drill, please contact the Community Center at 262-3407.

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