Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014 Tornadoes

The National Weather Service is conducting Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week from Sunday, February 16, 2014 to Friday, February 21, 2014 to call attention to the peak of severe weather that occurs in the late winter and spring seasons. Historically, the spring months - especially March, April, and May - are the most active for severe weather throughout Tennessee.

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 traveling. Make sure you know what to do if threatening weather approaches.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Events:

  • Sunday, February 16 - Important Role of SKYWARN Spotters
  • Monday, February 17 - Hazards of Flooding and Flash Floods
  • Tuesday, February 18 - Lightning, the Underrated Killer
  • Wednesday, February 19 - Tornado Safety and Preparedness with statewide Tornado Drill
  • Thursday, February 20 - Severe Thunderstorms and the Devastating Effects of Severe Storms
  • Friday, February 21 - NOAA Weather Radio and The Emergency Alert System

A statewide tornado drill including a test of the NOAA Weather Radio
will be conducted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Tennessee Tornado History

 1950 to 2013 Tennessee Tornadoes

West TN Tornado Database Middle TN Tornado Database East TN Tornado Database

Severe weather and tornadoes are most common across Tennessee during the spring, especially the month of April.  In fact, some of the largest and deadliest tornado outbreaks in Tennessee history have occurred in April, including on April 2 2006, April 3 1974, April 16 1998, and April 27 2011.

However, tornadoes can occur at any time of the year in Tennessee - even the fall and winter! Some other major tornado outbreaks that have struck Tennessee include January 17 1999, January 21-22 1999, January 24 1997, January 30 2013, February 5 2008, March 1 1997, March 2 2012, May 1-2 2010, May 4 2003, May 18 1995, and November 10 2002.


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 Tennessee NWS Memphis Spotter Training Class Schedule
Middle Tennessee NWS Nashville Spotter Training Class Schedule
NWS Nashville Online Spotter Training Class Schedule
NWS Huntsville Spotter Training Class Schedule
East Tennessee NWS Morristown Spotter Training Class Schedule

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