National Weather Service Wants More Consistency for Activating Outdoor Warning Sirens

September 13, 2016 05:05 PM

The National Weather Service wants more consistency across the state for setting off outdoor warning sirens.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday hosted a severe weather meeting in Bloomington to discuss having all counties follow the same guidelines.


Most counties, including all seven counties in the Twin Cities metro, set off sirens for tornado warnings and straight line winds of more than 70 miles per hours.

In Swift County in western Minnesota, a tornado warning doesn't set off sirens; a spotter needs to actually see a funnel cloud or tornado before sirens are activated.

Because some counties have different requirements, the National Weather Service says things need to change.

"People may not believe one and they will believe the other," Todd Krause with the National Weather Service said. "Who do you believe? Some will act, some will just wait and see, and so by having consistent messaging, that's probably the most important thing in regard to weather."


Joe Mazan

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