Thursday, March 30, 2017

Veteran Storm Chasers To Headline April 15 Severe Weather Workshop

Well-known storm chasers are coming to Saline County.

The Friend newspaper reports that "veteran storm chaser and severe weather expert Skip Talbot of Springfield, Illinois, and family safety educational activities and displays will highlight the 25th annual Severe Weather and Family Safety Workshop set for Saturday, April 15, at Wilber-Clatonia High School in Wilber."  

According to the details in the story, the event, which will go from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will also feature a storm chasing vehicle display, including Steve Worthington’s Urban Tornado Assault Vehicle (UTAV) from Hutchinson, Kansas; children’s activities; and mini presentations on drones, social media’s role in severe weather reporting, regional storm chasing video adventures, amateur radio and SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network).

The severe weather posters drawn by third graders and tornado machines built by area schools (including Crete, Dorchester, Friend, Exeter-Milligan, Meridian, Wilber-Clatonia and Tri County) will also be displayed and judged. A free lunch will be served by the Salvation Army canteen.

For more information, contact any of the planning committee members: Tom Longwell, (402) 826-9702,; Jake Colgrove, (402) 806-6518,; or BJ Fictum, (402) 821-2412 or 821-8080,

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