Tornado watch update: Watch extended until 5 a.m. Monday, April 15

An updated announcement on the weather, including an extended tornado watch, was announced to students, faculty and staff by the Wake Alert notification system on the evening of April 14:

A tornado watch for the Winston-Salem area, including Wake Forest University, is in effect until 5 a.m. Monday, April 15.

A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay informed on weather conditions.

Severe storms remain possible Sunday night.

Information about the weather, including current forecasts, is widely available on local TV stations, such as WXIIWGHPWFMY and Spectrum’s News 14.  Information is also easily accessed from other news organizations, such as The Weather Channel.

At Wake Forest, detailed weather information is always available thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and more.  Forecasts for several days ahead is available, too. Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Reynolds Gym, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWx.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

In the event of a weather emergency, Wake Forest would use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty and staff.  Additional information is available here.