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Severe Weather Awareness Week: PREP & SAFETY

6 Mar 2022, 2:00 am

At WeatherNation, we’re committed to educating and informing our viewers of all of the threats severe weather can bring. Each day through the first week of March, we’ll highlight different aspects of hazardous spring weather, including severe thunderstorms and what you need to know to stay safe.

In case you missed it, here’s what we’ve already covered this week:
March 1st – Tornadoes
March 2nd – Wind & Hail
March 3rd – Thunderstorms
March 4th – Flooding
March 5th – Forecasting


Nocturnal severe thunderstorms present a unique, and elevated danger. Meteorologist Erik Kostrzewa explains.


There are many things you can do to help your family get ready for severe weather season. Meteorologist Patrick Crawford walks us through a helpful checklist for Severe Weather Awareness Week.


In severe weather situations, having multiple ways to get watch and warning information can mean the difference between life and death.


In this week’s special edition of “Building a Weather-Ready Nation,” John Van Pelt talks with Doug Hilderbrand about what it means to be a “Force of Nature.”

Do you know the difference between a Watch and a Warning? And what to do if one is issued for your area? We’ve got you covered.

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Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.