The severe weather season is almost over.
North Dakota had large hail, strong winds, and even a few tornadoes this year.
The main severe weather season is coming to a close
But it can happen at all times of the year.
Ken Simosko says, "We've had severe weather extended in November, it can happen as early as February or March. It can happen anytime."
This year was not a record breaker.
But it was above average for Western and Central North Dakota.
"We on average will issue 337 county based warnings. This year, we've had a lot more than that at 638, now we can go back all the way to 2004, there has only been two years below average, one was in 2004 and 2014," adds Simosko
I had the opportunity to do the weekly severe weather radio test.
It alerts the public when severe weather is occurring. "The alarmed tone causes weather radio receivers with the alarm tone feature to be turned on automatically, that an emergency broadcast is about to be made," I said on the radio test.
With high tech weather equipment. Severe weather becomes easier to track.
Simosko says, "Doppler weather radar, certainly we can see signs of heavy rain and also hail, melting hail has a really high reflectivity, we can see that reflectivity looking at the radar at home where the bright colors are."
Severe weather is also tracked with trained spotters to file local storm reports.
Anyone can become one with some professional training.
Good news though, as temperatures cool down and the sun sets earlier, the severe weather threat decreases.
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