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Severe Weather Week Planned

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Next week marks the National Weather Service’s “Severe Weather Awareness Week,” and in Wyoming, weather and emergency management officials are urging residents to know the risks, assess their communication capabilities and be prepared to alert their neighbors if necessary.  Severe Weather Meteorologist Chris Jones points out that in addition to tornadoes, hail and damaging winds, the weather service wants people to consider wildfire as the risk of fire once again is rising.  Furthermore, Jones reminds residents of Teton County that while tornadoes here are extremely rare, they are still a possibility. He points to an event in July of 1987 in the Teton Wilderness which is on record as one of the largest tornadoes in the western United States and history’s second highest elevation tornado worldwide.  Jones says, “It did a lot of devastation across that part of the county.” Jones also points to the more common straight-line winds that cause damage here more often than the rotating funnel clouds.  Jones says a test tornado warning will be issued by the National Weather Service April 17th to ensure the alerting capabilities are in place for the storm season ahead.

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