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Summer Weather Awareness

Severe Summer Weather

StormReady prepares communities with a plan that responds to weather hazards.

Local National Weather Service forecast offices work with communities to complete an application and review process. Some items that a community must do to become officially StormReady:
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
  • Have more than one way to receive weather forecasts and warnings and be able to alert the public;
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
  • Develop a weather plan which includes training severe weather spotters

McKenzie County and Watford City received StormReady designation in 2016.

Additional information regarding StormReady can be found on the National Weather Service website: StormReady

NWS Bismarck Skywarn Schedule for 2021.  Severe Weather and Safety Training, called SKYWARN, is free and open to the public.

Sessions will be held virtually via GoToWebinar and will last about one hour, a bit longer
based on audience questions. Click on the above link for dates and to register. 

We'll discuss storm hazards (flash floods, lightning, tornadoes, hail and high wind) and will share
advice on how to be safe from severe weather. Our goal is to make you more Weather-Ready!

If you have questions contact John Paul Martin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at:

Every year, the National Weather Service, local emergency managers, and the ND Department of Emergency Services, as well as other interested groups collaborate together to inform the public about severe summer weather and steps we all can take to keep ourselves, our families, and our property safe.
For more information about summer weather, please visit the National Weather Service (NWS) website.

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