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Severe Weather Awareness Week Talking about Tornadoes

Posted: Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 6:22 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week and all this week, KCII has been working with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities on looking at different topics related to severe weather.  During the week so far we have discussed flash flooding and warning reception.  Today, we will be discussing tornadoes.

Later in the week you will hear about family preparedness and severe thunderstorms.  Washington and Keokuk County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith says tornadoes can develop during certain times of the day when the air is warmer and the upper air is cooler.

He says the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has the job of trying to predict if tornadoes will break out using this criteria.  Smith adds if a tornado should be coming, to stay tuned to KCII and keep your weather radio ready on where the storm might be headed.

To find out more about tornadoes and tornado safety, listen to today’s In Touch With Southeast Iowa Program during the mid-day magazine as Larry Smith will share more.  Also, the National Weather Service will be conducting a state-wide tornado drill at 10:00 this morning.