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NOAA researcher studies how to improve tornado information to save lives

NOAA researcher studies how to improve tornado information to save lives

When a tornado threatens a community, NOAA National Weather Service forecasters issue a tornado warning. Local emergency management agencies sound emergency tornado sirens or send out phone alerts. Broadcast meteorologists tell everyone to take shelter. But how does all of this help the public and how does the public respond?

April 26, 2019 0 Comments
Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks

Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks

Tornados are one of nature’s most destructive forces. Currently, our capacity to predict tornados and other severe weather risks does not extend beyond seven days. In a recent paper published in Environmental Research Letters, scientists with NOAA and the University of Miami identified how patterns in the spring phases of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), coupled with variability in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures, could help predict U.S. regional tornado outbreaks. 

April 11, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA study shows pattern of fewer days with tornadoes, but more tornadoes on those days

NOAA study shows pattern of fewer days with tornadoes, but more tornadoes on those days

Are tornadoes increasing? Not really, the number has remained relatively constant. What is changing is that there are fewer days with tornadoes each year, but on those days there are more tornadoes, according to a NOAA report published today in the journal Science.
October 16, 2014 0 Comments
Forecasters get new system to manage ‘flood’ of weather data, improve forecasts

Forecasters get new system to manage ‘flood’ of weather data, improve forecasts

Weather forecasters rely on an incredibly large amount of information when they make forecasts and issue warnings. A new system, activated by NOAA’s National Weather Service last week, quickly harnesses the tremendous amount of weather data from multiple sources, intelligently integrates the information, and provides a detailed picture of the current weather.

October 9, 2014 0 Comments
Researchers develop method to better predict severity of tornado outbreaks

Researchers develop method to better predict severity of tornado outbreaks

NOAA researchers have developed a method to help forecasters better predict the severity of tornado outbreaks.

April 1, 2013 0 Comments
Scientists show climate patterns may influence extreme U.S. tornado seasons

Scientists show climate patterns may influence extreme U.S. tornado seasons

NOAA and university researchers believe they have found a climate signal related to a specific phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation that could be linked to, and possibly serve as a predictor of, massive tornado outbreaks.

October 15, 2012 0 Comments
When a tornado strikes a hospital

When a tornado strikes a hospital

Because tornadoes, hurricanes, and other severe storms can destroy hospitals as indiscriminately as anything in their path, NOAA is funding research to better understand what makes hospital buildings vulnerable.
April 20, 2012 0 Comments
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