Friday, February 5, 2016

A Storm Chaser Friend in Need

A storm chaser and photographer in Kansas has a major and urgent medical situation for a daughter in critical condition in Maine. He is trying to raise money quickly to get the entire family (from multiple states) to her bedside. He has set up a GoFundMe:

Anything you could donate would be greatly appreciated!

An Important Aspect of Tornado Safety

Alabama Aerial Photography
This drone photo, of the damage from Tuesday afternoon's tornadoes, demonstrates an aspect of tornado safety. While a base is best, if your home does not have a basement get into a small room in the middle of the home. The idea is to have as many walls as possible between now and the tornado. In this case, you can see that the closet survives while other rooms. sustain heavy damage.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

25th Commemoration of the Wichita-Andover Tornado

April 26 is the 25th anniversary of the terrible F-5 tornado (highest intensity) that struck south Wichita and  
Andover, Kansas. The death toll of 17 seemed high to some but the Centers for Disease Control did its first-ever comprehensive study on tornado morbidity and found the warnings likely saved 77 lives. I believe that was the first-ever study that proved warnings saved lives in a particular situation.
Tornado damage in Andover. Courtesy: NWS.
If you view the video, keep in mind that there were two tornadoes in progress simultaneously in Sedgwick Co. (the county that contains Wichita) and, at about the end of the newscast, a third (F-4) tornado formed in the southern part of our viewing area. In 1991, bringing in a second meteorologist to help on air just wasn't done. As you can imagine, it was an extremely stressful situation.

Other than in the evening, I do not know the details of the Andover commemoration as it is still being planned. I just wanted to give you this heads-up in case you are interested in attending.

If you are interested in learning more about this tornado, go here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Yet Another False Claim About Tornado Warnings

Here we go again:
This is a screen capture from this evening's NBC Nightly News alleging again -- and, falsely, that yesterday's tornadoes occurred "without warning."

I cover this topic, too, in my speech to the American Meteorological Society (scroll down). It is time for meteorologists to stop grip about this and to start doing something about it. 

The link to my talk is here.

Complaints About Storm Warnings: This Needs to Stop!

From a friend of mine starting her career at a TV station in Columbus, Mississippi.
There were violent tornadoes in her viewing area yesterday.
Associated Press

Meanwhile, highly respected meteorologist John Morales posted this a little while ago:
It is a link to my talk at the American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting where I discuss the tremendous, but little recognized, value of the storm warning system to American society. The calls Ashley received were a direct result of the fact that people do not value the storm warning system as I believe they should.

It is past time for meteorologists to tout their accomplishments so Ashley and other meteorologists do not have to deal with that nonsense when tornadoes are in progress.
Above is the talk if you would like to watch.

Tremendous Video of Wet Downburst

Tucson Wet Microburst | August 8th, 2015 from Bryan Snider Photography on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Blizzard Situation in Nebraska... so severe that all plows and law enforcement has been pulled off the streets and highways.
Law enforcement officers and plow operators are being advised to find shelter and then "shelter in place."

Dangerous Tornado Situation

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has updated its tornado outlook for later today and tonight and the revision is in the wrong direction.
The brown represents a significant tornado threat. The yellow is an enhanced threat of a tornado occurring. And, the hatching represents the threat of a strong tornado. People who live in these areas should keep up on the weather as the day progresses and, especially, if thunderstorms approach.

Note: We no longer do live-blogging of storms.

Yes, There Are Tornadoes in Europe

Here is a map of tornado locations in Europe in 2015.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Update on the Blizzard

Here is the radar as of 1pm:
One-third of the flights at Denver International Airport have been cancelled.

Here is the forecast radar for 10pm this evening:

Here is the winter weather warning map.
The orange areas are blizzard warnings. The light green is a blizzard watch. Pink is a winter storm warning. The magenta and brown areas in Texas and southeast New Mexico are high wind/wildfire danger warnings.

This is the last update on the blizzard. I will have coverage tomorrow morning of the tornado/severe thunderstorm threat for tomorrow afternoon and night in the South and Ohio Valley.

My AMS "23|5" Talk

Here is my talk on the value of the storm warning system to American society and why our profession needs to actively promote itself.

"Warnings" -- An Important Announcement

Greenleaf Book Group, the publisher of Warnings, has informed me that, with the current rate of sales, the book will be sold out in eight to nine months. We have decided there will not be a second printing. So, if you wish to order the book -- especially in any quantity -- you may with to get your order in sooner rather than later.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Special Storm Outlook

The Blizzard

Here is AccuWeather's forecast of snowfalls.

In addition, there will be very high winds which will cause severe drifting of the snow. This is a forecast of wind gusts in knots (1 knot = 1.15 mph or 50 knots = 58 mph). The orange areas are forecast wind gusts above 50 mph. This forecast is for noon on Tuesday, February 2. The highest winds will extend into western Iowa later in the day.
This is a dangerous storm -- you do not want to get caught traveling in it. Please prepare for the storm before the snow begins falling. 

Tornado Threat

Below is a map of the threat for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms from sunrise Tuesday to sunrise Wednesday. The yellow, 15%, is the significant threshold. The red area is especially at risk. I urge you to monitor the weather Tuesday if you live in these areas.

Reminder: This blog no longer covers day-to-day weather nor do we do live storm blogging. I will present another update tomorrow and Tuesday as the storm develops.

Is Geography Taught Any More?

It is just amazing to me that network television makes mistake after mistake in geography. 
Saw this just a few minutes ago. Sheesh. 

My Gosh: This is the Opposite of Science

Pro-global warming advocates masquerading as scientists have done it again. Dr. Judith Curry has details.