- Moore had little warning
- Moore had eight minutes warning
- Moore had 16 minutes warning
All of those are incorrect. Depending on part of town, Moore had 36 minutes or more of warning! I'm not sure why this is vexing the media as much as it is but the documentation is below:
Here is the tornado warning issued at 2:40pm:
Here is the map of locations and times:
The first damage in west Moore was at 3:16pm. From 2:40 to 3:16 is 36 minutes. That is triple the national average (12 minutes) for tornado warnings. In east Moore, it was more than 40 minutes!
Let's review the entire timeline:
This blog, Sunday and Monday mornings, highlighted the risk for the Moore area.
When the tornado warning was issued outdoor sirens sounded, local TV and radio stations ceased regular programming and started continuous coverage. NOAA weather radios alarmed. Smartphone apps activated. Two TV stations’ helicopters were showing the tornado – live – approaching Moore.
In other words, just how much warning do you want?! At some point, this becomes an issue of personal responsibility. It is your obligation to be weather-wise. Meteorologists cannot lead you by the hand into shelter.
The National Weather Service did an outstanding job. Capisce!