This morning owners of weather radios may have noticed an alert go out at 9 a.m. It was only a test, but it was an important part of the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week. The 10 a.m. tornado siren will go off. The 9:30 a.m. siren you may have noticed was part of a statewide tornado drill.
The folks at The Weather Channel provide some staggering stats about our 2011 tornado totals, including those associated with the devastation suffered in the region on April 27. They also provide some information about creating a safety plan. There are already predictions for an above average season this year as well.
If you still don’t possess a weather radio, we’re pretty sure you’ve got an opportunity to get one coming your way soon (like maybe even a chance tonight in Pelham).
There will be another opportunity to focus on preparedness next month – according to the National Weather Service, Alabama is observing Flood Awareness Week March 12 – 16.
Photo: nssl0310. Dr. Mike Coniglio, VORTEX II, NOAA/Flickr