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Tornado Watch for Vermont

May 26, 2011

A note came through the list serve:

Campus Colleagues:

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for northern Vermont until 8 pm this evening.  A watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in the watch area. Tornadoes are rare in Vermont, but they have occurred in the past. The safest place to be during a tornado is inside a substantial structure, like our buildings at UVM.  If a tornado is spotted locally and a Tornado Warning is issued, we will send an alert to everyone signed-up for CatAlert.

Additionally — widespread thunderstorm activity is expected this afternoon with the potential for heavy rain, destructive winds and hail.  A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is currently in effect until 2 pm for Northern Chittenden County. You should be alert for rapidly changing weather conditions and seek safe shelter indoors, should threatening weather approach.

Bill Ballard
Associate VP and
Co-Chair of UVM’s Emergency
Operation’s Group

George has the NOAA website as a pop-up here in the Morrisville office, so he is our weather guy.   This year’s weather has been so funky and it seems strange to have a tornado warning here.  Hail, wind, thunderstorms, blizzards, ice storms sure,  but the tornado thing is a bit of a strange cat.   Kelly Dees, a colleague out in Wyoming just did a great post on her AgrAbility blog about tornadoes,  so I will just turn it over to her.  Click and Read.

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