Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 7:15 p.m.
Weather spotters are changing the way officials get the word out about severe weather. We may be seeing nothing but sun and clear skies in Madison, but severe weather season is just beginning; starting mid-April until June here in Wisconsin.
Officials say knowing what to do during severe weather may actually save your life, and that's why education is key. "We need warm air but you also need the very cold air. It's the temperature differences that can create the severe weather rapidly and if you've lived in Wisconsin long enough, you know that the conditions can change very quickly," said NBC 15 Chief Meteorologist, Charlie Shortino. That's why Dane County Emergency Management is teaming up with the Midwest Severe Tracking and Response Center, Americorps and The National Weather Service to help get people informed and put more weather spotters in motion.
"Your report is very necessary in our day to day operations," said Marcia Cronce with Sullivan National Weather Service. The Milwaukee-Sullivan National Weather Service Forecast Office on severe weather says it has thousands of people spotting severe weather across the area, helping keep people out of danger.
"With severe weather, your safety is pretty paramount, and making sure you have safe options requires you to take some time ahead of time to be ready for severe weather," said J. McLellan with Dane County Emergency Management. Being prepared goes hand in hand with knowing what to look for in the sky. McLellen adds, "what's dangerous and what's not necessarily dangerous and really what severe weather looks like and what you should do if you see it." Helping keep you safe when every minute counts. "Severe weather is the most prevalent hazard in Dane County, the more you know about it, the safer you can be," said McLellan.