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April 4-8 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin 

  • Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes a year.
  • The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year.
  • Tornadoes can occur any time during the day or night, but are most frequent between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.

ReadyWisconsin wants to make sure you and your family have a tornado and severe weather emergency plan, including a safe place to seek shelter in severe weather, whether you are indoors, outdoors, or driving. Learn about common dangers during a storm and what to avoid (electrical equipment, plumbing and bathroom fixtures, windows and doors, concrete floors, anything metal, and so on) at's Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes Toolkit