“Don’t take fall tornado season lightly,” says EMA director August

Authored by Jim Langham on Aug 23, 2010

Presumably, sirens are working and ready to go should the annual fall tornado season sneak into Midwest weather patterns this fall.
August told Berne City Council recently that the re-alignment of sirens in the city have tested effective for at least a mile. The siren that had been located by the South Adams Elementary School has now been moved in the vicinity of the city building.
“Really, because of the locations of the sirens around town, people won’t notice much of a difference,” said August. “The sirens are all rated for at least a one mile outreach. That more than covers the needs of the city of Berne.”
August said that on September 11, there would be a special check to verify the new siren system.
“We will absolutely know for sure then whether or not everything is working exactly the way that it should be,” said August.
August stressed that the outdoor sirens are technically geared as an outdoor warning service. He noted radios programmed for the National Weather Service are needed in order to have effective indoor warning capability.
“You want to make sure that if you’re going to buy one, it is programmable just for Adams County,” said August. “You don’t want to have warnings from other areas confusing you.”
August said that many hardware stores carry the weather radios as well as Best Buy, Radio Shack, and various other department stores.
He noted that the radios can also be purchased over the Internet and that most are inexpensive in comparison to the important information that they get out.
“Most people don’t stop to think that there is the potential for a very distinct tornado season as well as in the spring,” said August. “Just a few years ago, we had the third largest tornado outbreak in state history in late October. And of course, the tornado that slammed through Adams County and into Van Wert occurred on Nov. 10.
“The National Weather Service in recent years had identified and advocated the existence of a distinct fall tornado season. They warn that people should treat it with all of the respect of a spring outbreak in every way,” continued August. “It occurs when the colder air masses of fall start making their way into the atmosphere warmed by leftover summer heat. It can cause the same type of turbulence that occurs in the spring when the reverse is true.”



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