Statewide Tornado Drill Tonight

The statewide tornado drill in Kansas will be Tuesday night at 6:30. The evening time for the drill is a little different this year. It is closer to the time when many tornadoes occur.

The drill will include test tornado warnings from the National Weather Service, activation of weather radios, and activation of outdoor warning sirens across the state. Citizens are urged to practice their own tornado plan as part of the drill.

This week, March 14th – 18th, is severe weather awareness week. It is a week where citizens are urged to become educated about severe weather, and about what to do when it threatens.

According to the National Weather Service, the 2015 severe weather was pretty active statewide.

In terms of tornado count, 2015 was an active year ranking 4th highest since 1950. There were 126 tornadoes in Kansas last year. By comparison, the most tornadoes ever reported in Kansas in a calendar year is 187 in 2008.