“Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Iowa comes in advance of the spring and summer months, traditionally the most active period of the year for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
In light of the serial derecho that spawned at least eight tornadoes in north Iowa in December, Floyd County Emergency Management Director Drew Mitchell says severe weather awareness takes on new meaning.
Mitchell says the public also now has the benefit of more ways than ever to stay ahead of severe weather.
Mitchell adds that emergency management agencies like Floyd County’s also get more information in advance from the National Weather Service to better prepare. He says the NWS began dispensing briefings four days ahead of December’s tornadoes about what potential severe weather could develop from the derecho.