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Severe Weather Awareness Week: TORNADOES

3 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. On March 1, the National Weather Service initiates their campaign to prepare us for all of the hazards the Spring season can bring. Severe storms can happen anywhere in the U.S. at any time. Each day through the first week of March, we’ll highlight different aspects of hazardous severe thunderstorms and what you need to know to stay safe.


Lets start the week off by digging into tornado safety.

John Van Pelt details different ways to stay safe when a Tornado Watch or Warning is issued.

Tornadoes are rated by the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Meteorologist Lucy Bergemann explains how the National Weather Service determines these ratings.


Landspouts may be small, but they can pack a big punch. Meteorologist Steve Glazier explains.


Waterspouts are usually weak and quick, but can still be a major threat to coastal areas. Learn more about what they are and how to stay safe with Meteorologist, Kara James.


In addition to landspouts and waterspouts, there are several other kinds of tornadoes to be aware of. Meteorologist Steve Glazier explains.


There is a common misconception that tornadoes don’t hit urban areas. The last few years have proved otherwise. Meteoroloist Taban Sharifi explains.

Every week, we highlight important information and safety tips in an effort to create a Weather-Ready Nation with the National Weather Service. For Severe Weather Awareness Week, we explore how to “Be a Force of Nature” and keep you and your family safe.

Be sure to join us all week as we explore the many facets of severe weather you may encounter this spring, and how to keep you and your family safe.

March 1st – Tornadoes
March 2nd – Wind & Hail
March 3rd – Thunderstorms
March 4th – Flooding
March 5th – Forecasting
March 6th- Prep & Safety

About the author
Erik Kostrzewa was born and raised in the state of Michigan; spending much of his life in the suburbs of Detroit. Erik attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s Degr... Load Moreee in Earth Systems Science and Engineering with a concentration in Meteorology. His first on-air job was straight out of college in Lansing, Michigan at WLNS-TV. After a few years, he moved an hour west to Grand Rapids to continue his career at FOX17 news. While in the heart of the lower peninsula, Erik covered a wide variety of challenging weather from lake-effect snow to derechos. Erik definitely has an interesting last name which comes from his Polish descent. If you are wondering how it is pronounced, the easiest way to say it is “Ka-Stree-Va”. Erik is thrilled to forecast on a national scale at WeatherNation and experience an even wider range of weather in Colorado! He is also looking forward to experiencing his first 14er on one of the many mountains in the state. Follow Erik on Twitter and Facebook!