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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week
(2008-04-14)
TOP: A tornado near Lamar, CO. BOTTOM: Woman sifts through belongings after the Holly, CO tornado of March 28, 2007. (Courtesy, NWS & Rocky Mountain News)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: This is severe weather awareness week in Colorado.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Severe weather, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, strong winds, is possible anytime, anywhere.
The National Weather Service traditionally marks severe weather awareness week in early Spring, which usually marks the start of tornado season.
Tornadoes likewise, can strike any time, anywhere and this is already shaping up to be a bad year.
About 70 people have died in an estimated 500 tornadoes that have swept the nation's midsection over the past few weeks.
Jim Pringle is with the National Weather Service Grand Junction office.
He says in Colorado, tornadoes are of particular concern in the Eastern Plains.
A tornado March 28th, 2007 ripped through Holly, Colorado, killing two and injuring others.
On the west slope, Pringle says tornadoes are possible but different weather threats are more common.
PRINGLE: OF COURSE IN WESTERN COLORADO AND THE MOUNTAINS TORNADOES ARE A MUCH MORE RARE EVENT. AND WE HAVE MUCH GREATER CONCERNS WITH LIGHTNING OUT IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY PARTICULARLY IF YOU LIVE UP IN THE MOUNTAINS. EVERYBODY SHOULD, THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF COLORADO, BE AWARE OF THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING PARTICULARLY AS WE HEAD INTO THE MONSOON SEASON OF LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL.
Pringle says the best source for severe weather information continues to be the NOAA weather radio and your local broadcast media, such as KSUT.
A tornado warning test on the radio will occur tomorrow as part of severe weather awareness week.
PRINGLE: THIS TEST WILL BE RUN TO TEST THE WARNING COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT COLORADO BETWEEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND ALSO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL THE BROADCAST MEDIA. WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO JUST KIND OF THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF IT WERE AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING, HOWEVER THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THIS IS TO TEST THE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, SO IF PEOPLE HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO SYSTEM, HOPEFULLY IT WILL ACTIVATE THAT NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEIVER IF IT'S PROGRAMMED PROPERLY.
Severe weather awareness week was observed March 31st through April 4th in New Mexico.
To find information on how to better prepare yourself for all kinds of severe weather, go to the national weather service website at weather.gov/safety.php.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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