That’s Michke in the video. He’s up in St. Paul, and you can hear him streaming live this afternoon from 2-4 p.m.

Prior to that, as part of “2009 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week” here in Wisconsin, we’ll observe a mock tornado watch beginning at 1:00 this afternoon, followed by mock tornado watches staggered throughout the state until 2:00.

I cannot stress enough the importance of having a good, functional NOAA weather radio standing by at all times to alert you to severe weather developments in your county.

In southeastern Wisconsin, our mock warning runs from 1:20 to 1:25 this afternoon.

Here is our state’s full schedule:

2009 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Governor Doyle has proclaimed April 20-24, 2009 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. On April 23, 2009, a statewide tornado drill is planned. The National Weather Service will issue mock tornado watches and warnings. If actual severe weather occurs anywhere in the state on April 23, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 24 with the watch/warnings issued at the same time. Below are the scheduled times for the mock watches/warnings.

1:00 pm – Mock tornado watch for all of Wisconsin

1:10-1:15 pm – National Weather Service Green Bay issues mock tornado warning for Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood Counties.

1:20-1:25 pm – National Weather Service Milwaukee issues mock tornado warning for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Lafayette, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties.

1:30-1:35 pm – National Weather Service La Crosse issues mock tornado warning for Adams, Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Richland, Taylor, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.

1:40-1:45 pm – National Weather Service Minneapolis/Chanhassen issues mock tornado warning for Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix Counties.

1:50-1:55 pm – National Weather Service Duluth issues mock tornado warning for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn Counties.

2:00 pm – END OF MOCK TORNADO WATCH/WARNING DRILL

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