Thursday, September 27, 2012
Milwaukee-based American Signal Corporation was finally able to complete upgrades to three warning sirens in Saukville after its offer to do the work for free saved the village from ridding of the system all together.
Don't be alarmed, but the village of Saukville is now ready to operate its upgraded outdoor warning system after a Milwaukee-based company donated the time and materials need to do so. American Signal Corporation offered to upgrade the villages warning system for free in spring 2011, when village officials were debating getting rid of the sirens because of funding and a cultural shift to relying on technology for weather and other alerts. The work was completed in late summer, according to an Ozaukee Press article. The company’s generosity gives the village of Saukville what Emergency Management Director Jack Morrison called "top of the line sirens." The federal government mandated an upgrade to a narrow-banded frequency range for all …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
It's been said that Lake Michigan and its ever-powerful "lake effect" have the ability to keep tornadoes away — but what's the truth?
Dark clouds hang over the horizon, tumbling closer as a moist, warm air settles in and lightning strikes in the distance. Then, the sirens sound. The wind is picking up and it seems like conditions are getting very dangerous — but with Lake Michigan right next door, there's no way it's a tornado, right? Wrong. "That is one of those wives tales that’s been out there for a long time," said Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tod Pritchard of the Wisconsin Emergency Management department. Cool lake breezes are not thunderstorms' ideal partner, meaning fewer tornadoes might occur by lakes, but state meteorologist Rusty Kapela said that doesn't mean Lake Michigan air staves off any chance of a tornado. "The cooler breezes off the Great Lakes…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued several advisories for the area.
Ozaukee County remains in a freezing rain advisory until 9 a.m. Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, light and freezing rain will continue to cause hazardous driving conditions, with ice accumulations of up to an inch. The area is also under a hazardous weather outlook through Thursday night and possibly into Friday morning. Low pressure passing through southern parts of Wisconsin could bring a mixture of light rain and snow. The snowfall is expected to stop late Friday morning, though 1 to 2 inches is possible. On Sunday and Monday, deep low pressure coming across the Great Lakes may turn into a wind advisory for the area.