An Old Dominion University faculty member and staffer, personnel from the National Weather Service, and a 13NewsNow meteorologist will participate in a panel discussion about Virginia's tornado hazards.

The Tornado Virtual Panel will be held at 12:30 p.m. March 16 in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week. You can view the Zoom event at this link: A statewide tornado drill will be also held at 9:45 a.m. that day.

The panel will provide perspectives on identifying and communicating tornado risks, information on the ODU campus community's "Storm Ready" program and on becoming a trained storm "Spotter."

Featured panelists and topics are:

  • Michael Allen, associate professor of geography, on Virginia's tornado risk.
  • Rachael Peart, meteorologist for 13NewsNow, on tornado risk communication and media.
  • Jared Hoernig, ODU emergency manager, on ODU's StormReady campus program.

Local National Weather Service meteorologists, who will introduce their SKYWARN Spotter Training.

Free and online, SKYWARN Spotter Training is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 16 and 10 a.m. March 18 (pre-register at

For more information, contact Tom Allen at

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