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Issued by NWS Green Bay, WI

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
810 AM CDT MON APR 21 2014

...THIS WEEK IS TORNADO AND SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN
WISCONSIN...

TORNADOES ARE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL AND VIOLENT STORMS THAT NATURE
CAN PRODUCE.  THEY COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND CAN OCCUR IN EVERY
STATE...ON ANY DAY OF THE YEAR AND AT ANY HOUR OF THE DAY.

A TORNADO IS A VIOLENTLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR THAT EXTENDS FROM THE
BASE OF A THUNDERSTORM DOWN TO THE GROUND.  THE VISIBLE FUNNEL CLOUD
THAT EXTENDS FROM THE BASE OF THE STORM CLOUD IS NOT ALWAYS VISIBLE DOWN
TO THE GROUND. THE WHIRL OF DEBRIS ON THE GROUND...HOWEVER...IS A SURE
INDICATION THAT A TORNADO HAS FORMED.

IN WISCONSIN...THE PEAK TORNADO SEASON IS MAY THROUGH JULY.  THE PEAK
TIME PERIOD IS BETWEEN 2 PM AND 10 PM. ON AVERAGE...WISCONSIN
EXPERIENCES 23 TORNADOES EACH YEAR...WITH AN AVERAGE OF 1 FATALITY DUE
TO TORNADO-RELATED INJURIES. LAST YEAR THE STATE WAS HIT BY 16
TWISTERS...BUT NO FATALITIES WERE REPORTED. 2005 HAD A RECORD 62
TORNADOES.

THERE WERE 10 TORNADOES IN NORTHEAST AND NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN LAST
YEAR...INCLUDING 6 DURING THE LATE NIGHT HOURS OF AUGUST 6-7. IN 2005...
A RECORD 23 TORNADOES WERE REPORTED IN NORTHEAST AND NORTH-CENTRAL
WISCONSIN. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF TORNADOES DURING THE YEAR IN THIS PART
OF THE STATE IS 7.

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NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES A TORNADO WATCH TO GIVE YOU
ADVANCE NOTICE THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES IS POSSIBLE IN YOUR
AREA. THIS GIVES YOU THE TIME TO MAKE PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR MOVING TO A
SAFE SHELTER QUICKLY IF A TORNADO IS SIGHTED.

A TORNADO WARNING IS AN URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT A TORNADO HAS BEEN
REPORTED BY SOMEONE OR INDICATED ON RADAR...AND WARNS YOU TO TAKE
IMMEDIATE ACTION. WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED..MOVE QUICKLY. SECONDS SAVE
LIVES.

ALWAYS MONITOR THE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN YOUR AREA. IF SEVERE WEATHER IS
A THREAT...STAY TUNED TO YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO...AND LOCAL TV AND
RADIO STATIONS...FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN
YOUR AREA.

IN THE HOME OR LARGE BUILDING...YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR SAFETY IN A TORNADO
IS AN INTERIOR ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS...ON THE LOWEST LEVEL...PREFERABLY A
BASEMENT. IF POSSIBLE...GET UNDER A STURDY TABLE OR WORK BENCH. IF A
BASEMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE...YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SUGGESTS THAT
YOU TAKE COVER IN AN INTERIOR CLOSET...HALLWAY OR BATHROOM ON THE LOWEST
LEVEL OF THE BUILDING.

IF YOU LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME...YOU SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS DURING
TIMES OF POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER. MOST MOBILE HOMES ARE NOT SAFE IN
SEVERE WEATHER...ESPECIALLY TORNADOES. THE SIZE AND CONSTRUCTION OF
MOBILE HOMES MAKES THEM PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO OVERTURNING IN HIGH
WINDS. WHEN HIGH WINDS OR TORNADIC ACTIVITY ARE IMMINENT...MOBILE HOMES
SHOULD BE EVACUATED FOR A STURDY SHELTER.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER...AND THE LATEST WEATHER
FORECAST...GO TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WEB SITE AT...
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GRB

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JKL
WEATHER.GOV/GRB




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