Tennessee Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fayetteville Tornado

The National Weather Service is conducting a Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, to call attention to the secondary peak of severe weather that occurs in the fall and winter seasons. Historically, the fall season - particularly the month of November - has been very active for severe weather throughout Tennessee.

Tornadoes Thunderstorms Hail Floods Lightning

Right now is the perfect time of the year to check your preparedness plans. Learn about weather safety for the different types of severe weather by clicking the links above. Check that your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it and is tuned properly to the nearest NOAA Weather Radio transmitter. Make sure you have a means of receiving severe weather information, whether you are at home, work, school, or travelling. Make sure you know what to do if threatening weather approaches.

A routine weekly test of the NOAA Weather Radio will be conducted on 2012 Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day. Media outlets will be working with the National Weather Service to publicize weather safety as well.

Tennessee Tornado History

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Although severe weather and tornadoes are more common across Tennessee during the spring, a secondary peak of severe weather occurs during the fall and winter seasons - especially during the month of November.  In fact, fall and winter season tornadoes have been some of the deadliest weather events in Tennessee history.

All recorded Fall Tennessee Tornadoes

 Already this 2012 fall season, five tornadoes have been recorded across Middle Tennessee, with two tornadoes occurring on September 17th, and three tornadoes touching down on October 1st.


One way you can become more prepared when severe weather strikes is to become a SKYWARN storm spotter! SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and regular members of the public. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS. In addition to serving as a community's first line of defense against dangerous storms, spotters provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a vital role in providing ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform our primary mission - to save lives and property. 

SKYWARN storm spotter training classes are offered all across Tennessee throughout the year, and teach the different aspects of severe weather, what to look for when storm spotting, and weather safety and preparedness. If you are interested in becoming a storm spotter, view the schedules below for the next available training classes in your area.

West TN Spotter Training
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Middle TN Spotter Training
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East TN Spotter Training
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