A statewide tornado is planned on Thursday, April 18, during Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.
At 1 p.m. on that day, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45 p.m. a statewide mock tornado warning.
Many radio and television stations will participate in the drill.
In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging.
The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy.
If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April 18, the drill will be postponed until Friday, April 19, with the same times.
If severe storms are possible on that day, the drill will be canceled.
Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
Last year, four tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service.
In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the NWS, the fourth highest number on record.
The peak tornado season in Wiscosnin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of the year.