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Powerful Storm To Produce Widespread Hazards This Weekend

A powerful storm will track from the central Plains to the Great Lakes this weekend. This large system will produce several hazards across the Eastern two-thirds of the country; severe storms w/ damaging winds and tornadoes in the TN and Lower MS Valleys, rain and continued flood threat for the OH and TN Valleys and heavy snow w/ blizzard conditions from the central Plains to Upper MS Valley. Read More >

Why become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador?

In order to truly build communities that are prepared for hazardous weather events, it takes the effort of the entire community. That is why your National Weather Service (NWS) is looking for Ambassadors within organizations to promote awareness of and preparedness for hazardous weather within your sphere of influence. We want to formally acknowledge the efforts of those that are helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation. Together, we can build communities that are resilient to all types of weather hazards.  

Who Can Become a WRN Ambassador?

  • Any organization across all levels of government
  • Businesses large and small
  • TV, Radio, and Print media
  • Non-profit and non-governmental organizations
  • Churches
  • Home Owner Associations
  • Academia

Benefits of Becoming an Ambassador:

  • Use your local NWS office in Springfield, Missouri as a resource to enhance weather safety plans. Periodic emails to WRN Ambassadors will provide information such as links to newly posted outreach material on relevant hazards, as well as updates on experimental or newly operational NOAA/NWS products, services, or data. 
  • Introduction to a complete array of NOAA/NWS products and services
  • Permission to use the WRN logo allows organizations to identify themselves as steadfast partners in this initiative
  • Ambassadors are part of a unified effort to increase consistency in messaging
For more information on how to become a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, please contact NWS Springfield Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Steve Runnels, phone 417-863-8028 or email Meteorologist Mike Griffin by email at
To learn more about this national initiative, visit the Weather-Ready Nation website:
Here are our Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors across southeast Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks as of January 20th, 2017. 
  • Ava/Douglas Emergency Management
  • Battlefield Mall
  • Missouri State Parks - Ozarks District
  • KOLR-10 & KOZL Ozarks Local
  • KY-3
  • KSPR-33
  • KSN-16 & KODE-12
  • KZRG Radio
  • Crawford County Emergency Management
  • Missouri Emergency Management Association
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri
  • Mercy Hospital
  • State Emergency Management Agency
  • Osage Beach Premium Outlets
  • Lake of the Ozarks Skywarn Storm Trackers
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • Thousand Hills Golf Course
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Polk County Emergency Management
  • Midwest Block & Brick
  • University of Missouri Climate Center
  • Killian Construction Company
  • American Red Cross
  • Kansas Emergency Management
  • City of Rolla Police Department
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • L.A.S.S Lake Area Storm Spotters
  • Vernon County Emergency Management
  • Hickory County Emergency Management
  • Maries County Emergency Management
  • Dixon Weather Service Inc.
  • F5 Storm Shelters
  • Tornado Shelter
  • Pulaski County Missouri Weather
  • Crawford County Health Department
  • McDonald County Emergency Management