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We have cold and rain, the South has killer tornadoes.

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  Pay attention, it's that time of year again - severe weather events are likely. If the National Weather Service issues a Severe Weather Watch, that information will be broadcast on local television and radio stations and if you have a weather alert radio, it will make some really annoying sounds and you can listen to the alert information. 

When the Weather Service issues a tornado watch during daylight hours, Cass County Dispatch or Lincoln 911 will page out the Fire and Rescue departments for storm spotting duty. We will usually spot north and south of Alvo in locations that give us a good view toward the oncoming severe weather. If spotters sight a tornado, they will activate the Alvo warning siren.

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If severe high winds, large hail or a tornado is threatening this part of the world, a Severe Weather Warning will be issued, again through broadcast media (you can also get apps for your smart phone to get alerts and warnings if you are out and about). Also the warning siren will be  activated here in Alvo. The Cass County Sheriff's Department will send a radio signal to the system and a 3 to 5 minute steady tone will sound. The Alvo Fire Chief and Assistant Chief are able to activate the siren from their hand held radios. The Rescue Squad ambulances also carry radios that can activate the siren.

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What to do if you hear the siren other than on the first Saturday of every month at 11:00 am:

1. Take cover immediately in a basement in the southwest corner of your house away from windows - if you don't have a basement, go to an interior room without windows, if possible - a bathroom with a metal tub provides more protection.

2. Turn on your weather radio and take it with you - THERE IS NO SIREN ALL CLEAR SIGNAL! The siren will be reactivated for the 3-5 minute steady tone as long as the severe weather is an immediate threat.

3. Do NOT grab a six-pack and your lawn chair to watch the excitement from your deck.

4. The siren is designed to be an outdoor warning device - if you are listening to your iPod with ear buds or have the video game volume maxed out, you probably won't hear the siren.

Tornado triviia: February is the only month that has never had a tornado in Nebraska. (And that may change next year.)

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"Seems you can't outsmart Mother Nature." = Mark Hyman

"Mother Nature is the great equalizer. You can't get away from it." - Christopher Heyerdahl

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Thanks to those who came and ate pancakes with us on Saturday

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Friends, neighbors and families enjoy gourmet pancakes and conversation at the Alvo Fire and Rescue Station.

 

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2014 Alvo School Gathering

Forty - three graduates, family and friends attended the Alvo School Gathering pot luck Saturday night, April 26th at the Alvo Fire and Rescue Station. Several of the Church Basement Ladies helped with food and drinks. The oldest classmate was Hilton Rogers, Class of 1941 from rural Alvo. Out of state attendees wer Fred and Liz of Bella Vista, Arkansas; LaVonne and Bennie McManaman of Atchison, Kansas; Robert Roelofsz from Loveland, Colorado; Diana Gilmore of Denver, Colorado; and Robert Ihrig, Jr. and family of Parker, Colorado. Classmates and friends enjoyed the evening catching up with Alvo classmates and friends.

- Patricia Umland, Class of 1959

 

Sunrise and Sunset

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Summer
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 06:26 AM 08:21 PM 13:55 52
Thursday, May 01, 2014 06:24 AM 08:22 PM 13:58 51
Friday, May 02, 2014 06:23 AM 08:23 PM 14:00 50
Saturday, May 03, 2014 06:21 AM 08:24 PM 14:03 49
Sunday, May 04, 2014 06:20 AM 08:25 PM 14:05 48
Monday, May 05, 2014 06:19 AM 08:26 PM 14:07 47
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 06:18 AM 08:27 PM 14:09 46

 "Mother Nature always wins." - Huhu Ilio

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