Saturday, February 9, 2008

Severe Weather Forecasting

I wanted to follow up on a comment that someone posted in the last entry I had on here talking about severe weather forecasting and wondering if it is actually getting better. By now, I'm sure you've seen some of the tornado damage on TV and some are asking if the death toll could've been reduced if the people in those areas knew ahead of time about the severe weather threat.

I know I'm biased when I say this, but severe weather forecasting is getting better and better with each passing season. Just recently (last year if I remember correctly), the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK started highlighting areas of concern for severe weather as many as 8 days in advance. We can't always tell you about a specific severe threat 8 days out, but we can tell you which areas may have severe weather and which day (or days) we are most likely to see the storms. I'm posting an example of the graphic that the Storm Prediction Center puts on their website. In this case, the SE corner of the US has a threat for severe weather on Day 4, which would be Tuesday, Feb. 12.

I have a feeling because we aren't technically in tornado season, most of us are not prepared for a significant outbreak like we had last week. But as we've seen now in 2 different cases, tornado outbreaks do happen in winter time and we should be ready. There is no severe weather (of the springtime variety) in our extended forecast. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


I HEART ROSS said...

I think you're a nice guy and all, Ross, but seriously, there are some weirdos on here that worship you.

PS- I want to go "storm chasing" with you too.

Anonymous said...

Glad that the technology is improving on severe weather forecasting.

Have a good week everyone!

Ty said...

Howdy Everyone,

This cold weather can STOP at ANY TIME! The blogs official count down to the 1st Day of Spring Count Down continues...T-Minus 37 Days and counting (as of 02/11/08). I long for those 70 degree days and the warm sunshine!!!!

I am glad to see the blog is getting back into full swing. I don't agree with "fire the old man" comment. Merril is an icon for KWCH, he has been around as long as I can remember (sorry Merril) and he has put together a great team. I agree that Ross will make a great Chief Meteorologist someday after Merril retires; I just hope Ross waits around that long and doesn't try to seeking what may appear to be a greener pasture elsewhere.

It was a great weekend for Kansas Basketball, KSU, WSU, and KU all won!

Ross, have you figured out what you are doing for the Storm Special you mentioned last month I believe for March? I know I've seen curiosity questions in here as well.

Technology is an amazing thing. It is constantly improving and weather forecasting is getting better. Just wish it would start forecasting those 70 degree days and hold them for about 10 months! Oh well can't have it all.

Have a great week everyone and I look forward to seeing everyone's comments!

PS - Keep the baby pictures coming, but don't neglect Millie from the blog, we love her too!

ElTino said...

Dude - you've got yourself a posse and that "jus pithes me off"


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