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Archive for the ‘Tornadoes’ Category

New Tornado Video and Map from NOAA EVL

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Click on the link below to view an interesting video of April’s tornado outbreak from the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory:

http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail.php?MediaID=731&MediaTypeID=2&sms_ss=blogger&at_xt=4dd1e4664767457d%2C0

Also, click on this map to see a visual representation of tornado activity in the US from 1950-2010:

Tornado Response in SE/A Region of NN/LM

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

SE/A is doing a great job responding to the impact of tornadoes in their region.  Here’s a situation update they published recently in SE/A Currents: http://nnlm.gov/sea/newsletter/.  Click on the map below to see the extent of the tornado activity.

Storm Prediction Center

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Tornadoes are wreaking havoc across the continental U. S. this month, even in states not usually considered to be at high risk, such as Virginia.  The jury appears to be still out on why–global warming?  Better detection technology and reporting?  Probably some of both.  Here’s an excellent site provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)–their Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/.  On the site, severe weather warnings are available from the link above the map.  If you don’t have a weather radio to give you alerts about approaching storms, you can keep an eye on the situation nationally or in your locality via this NWS site.

Peak Tornado Season Approaches

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

As you can see from the NOAA map below (click to enlarge), peak tornado activity occurs at different months of the year.  March, for example, begins peak tornado season for states in the Southeast, whereas peak tornado season in New England doesn’t begin until June.  Nationwide, April and May are the months with the most tornadoes, so now is a good time for all of us to look over our tornado procedures and make sure that staff are trained on how to respond to both a tornado watch and a warning.