State Wide Tornado Drill March 29, 2017

After coordinating with NWS offices serving Iowa, the Storm Prediction Center and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the tornado drill is a go for Wednesday, March 29th.


It will be cloudy across the state and there will be rain showers. There is no threat for severe weather. No lightning is expected with minimal atmospheric instability. Conditions are expected to be similar across portions of Iowa both on Thursday and Friday.


The NWS will message through social media, NWSChat, NWS webpages and NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio prior to the test on Wednesday and during the test Wednesday that there is no threat for severe weather and a drill will occur between 10-11 AM.


Below is the timeline of the drill. If you have any questions or need additional information, please let us know.


The tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday March 29, 2017.  


10:00 AM – Test Tornado Watch issued for Iowa.

Around 10:30 AM – Test Tornado Warnings for Iowa counties issued.

11:00 AM – Test Tornado Watch expires.

Kelsey Angle

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

National Weather Service Des Moines

Office:  515-270-4501 Forecast: 515-270-2614 Cell:  316-841-6371

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