The National Weather Service will be conducting a Test Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 29th.
The National Weather Service will use the actual TOR EAS code as if it was a real Tornado Warning.
The FCC has granted Nebraska and Iowa a waiver to use the live TOR codes.
The backup days are Thursday, March 30th or Friday, March 31st if we have severe weather in the area on March 29th.
Here is the timeline for the Wednesday, March 29th Drill
1000 AM CDT....The Storm Prediction Center issues a Test Tornado Watch for all counties in Iowa and Nebraska.
The test message will be tone alerted and sent through the Emergency Alert System using the TOA code.
The watch will be valid for one hour.
1030 AM CDT...Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that serve Nebraska and Iowa issue a TEST Tornado Warning for their Nebraska Counties and Iowa Counties valid for 20 minutes.
This is the time that counties may be sounding sirens.
This will be sent using the actual EAS Tornado code “TOR”
1050 AM CDT.....WFOs across Nebraska and Iowa issue a Severe Weather Statement cancelling their tornado warning.
1100 AM CDT…The test tornado watch expires for all of Nebraska and Iowa.
For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week, go to the following web site:
Brian E. Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley, NE
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