State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
This week is Wisconsin's 2012 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. A statewide mock tornado watch is scheduled for April 19, 2012 1:00 PM followed by a mock tornado warning at 1:45 PM. Severe weather over the plain states the past weekend and 2011's devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, remind us of the power of Mother Nature. Here are some facts about severe weather and tornadoes courtesy of Wisconsin Emergency Management:
- Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
- In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Service, the fourth highest number on record. The earliest outbreak occurred on April 10th. On August 19th, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. Five others were injured in 2011. Click here for more in-depth stats from the National Weather Service.
- In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.
- The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.
During 2012 there have already been more than 300 twisters in the United States with 81 tornadoes March 2-3, 2012. 39 lives were lost in the storms.