14th Annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium Informs, Entertains Public
Saturday marked the 14th annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest at UNL's Hardin Hall. Climatology professor Ken Dewey puts on the event each year, that brings in more people wanting to learn about severe weather elements, such as tornadoes. Dewey told KFOR News one of the exciting exhibits they brought in gave people the chance to experience what it's like to be a TV meteorologist. Lincoln has had several close calls with tornadoes over the years, nothing going directly through the city proper but close enough to where we've been very fortunate and escaped the worst. Last fall is a prime example according to Dewey, where a tornado hit October 3 in southern portions of Lancaster County that damaged homes just outside of Bennet. Dewey said it's possible that this could be an active spring and summer for severe weather. He said there is an El Nino pattern developing over the Pacific Ocean, which is commonly linked to triggering nasty weather patterns. Dewey says we always have to be prepared. Dewey says he's already planning for next year's event, which has seen attendance increases each year since 2005.