NBC15 to host several weather radio programming events

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The NBC15 Weather Authority wants to make sure you get advanced warning when severe weather strikes.

Our team is again partnering with Ace Hardware stores to host weather radio programming events in south central Wisconsin throughout the month of April and in early May.

"The Weather Authority has been running our weather radio programming events for many years. It is part of our commitment to keep you and your family safe during severe weather," said NBC15 Chief Meteorologist Charlie Shortino.

Weather radios will help keep you and your family safe when you are traveling and not near a tornado siren, or when you are inside your home and sleeping. Users are encouraged to use a battery backup, which ensures you receive the alerts during power outages which can knock out your television or Internet.

"While there are many ways to get severe weather alerts, having a weather radio is a way to be certain you get them. Once set up, it's sole purpose is to alert you of dangerous incoming weather," added NBC15 Evening Meteorologist Brian Doogs.

The NBC15 Weather Authority Team and a member of our engineering team will visit two communities a week starting Tues., April 9. Each event will take place from 3 -7 p.m.

The Weather Authority will assist you with the setup and operation of your weather radio, and help you program the counties you wish to monitor for alerts. The team will also help you download our free, NBC15 Weather App to your smartphone or tablet.

You are invited to meet with members of the NBC15 Weather Authority Team, including our new Weekend Meteorologist Dylan Robichaud. Attendees will also be able to watch live, on-location weather forecasts during NBC15 News at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.

The weather radio programming events will be held at participating Ace Hardware stores:

Tuesday, April 9
Wolf Kubly Ace Hardware
University Avenue, Middleton
* With Meteorologists Charlie Shortino and Brian Doogs

Thursday, April 11
Harris Ace Hardware
Elmwood Avenue, Beloit
* With Meteorologists Brian Doogs and Dylan Robichaud

Tuesday, April 16
Ace Deforest
S. Main St, Deforest
* With Meteorologist Brian Doogs and Amy Carlson

Thursday, April 18
Ace Sauk Prairie
Water St., Sauk City
* With Meteorologists Brian Doogs and Dylan Robichaud

Tuesday, April 23
Hellenbrands Ace Hardware
E. Main St., Marshall
* With Meteorologist Brian Doogs and Amy Carlson

Thursday, April 25
Harris Ace Hardware
S. River St., Janesville
* With Meteorologists Brian Doogs and Dylan Robichaud

Tuesday, April 30
Ace Hardware
S. Century Avenue, Waunakee
* With Meteorologist Charlie Shortino and Amy Carlson

Thursday, May 2
Dave’s Evansville Ace Hardware
Brown School Rd., Evansville
* With Meteorologist Dylan Robichaud and Amy Carlson

On average, 23 tornadoes touchdown in Wisconsin each year. Most hit between April and August, with June being the most active month, according to The National Weather Service. Tornadoes have happened in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

This year, Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week will be held April 8-12. Families, schools and businesses will have the chance to test their emergency plans during the statewide tornado drill, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.

Many communities will sound and test their tornado sirens, and the mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios. Warnings from the National Weather Service will automatically trigger an alert to your radio. The weather radio system is also used by law enforcement to relay important public safety messages, including Amber Alerts and 911 outages.

At NBC15, The Weather Authority is always helping you plan your day. That is why we have developed a Weather Impact Scale for Spring/Summer and Weather Impact Scale for Winter to help you understand the disruption you may face. The impact scale has five levels.

Don't forget you can track everything weather related right from your smart device. The NBC15 Weather Authority App is available now on all mobile devices in the Google Play Store for Android users or the App Store for iOS users.