April 16 through 20 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, according to information received from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.
Did you know that…Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Service, the fourth highest number on record. The earliest outbreak occurred on April 10th. On August 19th, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. Five others were injured in 2011.
In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.
The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.
On Thursday, April 19, a statewide drill is planned. At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a mock Tornado Watch and at 1:45 p.m. a statewide mock Tornado Warning.
For the first time ever, Radio, TV and Cable stations across Wisconsin will participate in the drill. And for the first time, NOAA Weather Radios (also known as Emergency Weather Radios) will be tested during the drill.
For more information visit readywisconsin.wi.gov/