BEATRICE – This week’s bout of early season severe weather across states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa may make you ponder what kind of severe weather season is coming.
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National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Brian Smith is with the Valley, Nebraska office. This week, tornadoes and large hail affected areas like Kansas City and nearby communities, extending through northern Missouri into Iowa. Some regions saw significant damage.
As to what this spring and summer may bring, Smith says warmer than typical temperatures could be a factor.
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Smith gave a weather spotter training session Thursday night, at the Homestead National Monument of America, west of Beatrice. He says last year was a less active year for severe weather in Nebraska, but there were still notable storms.
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Smith says one of the best ways for the public to know ahead of time about the potential for severe weather is by going to the National Weather Service website and looking at the outlook section, or clicking on the weather story feature on the lower left corner of the page.
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Smith says May and June are typically the busiest months for tornadoes in Nebraska. Twisters most often occur from mid-afternoon to early evening. But, Smith says tornadoes can happen anytime during the year, and any time of day.
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