â€œDonâ€™t take fall tornado season lightly,â€ says EMA director August
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.
â€œReally, because of the locations of the sirens around town, people wonâ€™t notice much of a difference,â€ said August. â€œThe sirens are all rated for at least a one mile outreach. That more than covers the needs of the city of Berne.â€
August said that on September 11, there would be a special check to verify the new siren system.
â€œWe will absolutely know for sure then whether or not everything is working exactly the way that it should be,â€ 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.
â€œYou want to make sure that if youâ€™re going to buy one, it is programmable just for Adams County,â€ said August. â€œYou donâ€™t want to have warnings from other areas confusing you.â€
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.
â€œMost people donâ€™t stop to think that there is the potential for a very distinct tornado season as well as in the spring,â€ said August. â€œJust 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ continued August. â€œIt 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.â€
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