The Incredible Progress in Weather Forecasting

In March, 1973, there was a storm very similar to the one forecast for tomorrow. It set the all-time record low barometric pressure for the State of Kansas, which we expect to be broken tomorrow. That barometric pressure reading will be similar to the pressure in a Category 2 hurricane which is one of the reasons we are forecasting high winds over such a large geographic area.
There is one major difference: The 1973 storm was a surprise. I remember hearing news coverage as I drove home from college for spring break.

With the storm forecasted for tomorrow, detailed warnings began yesterday; two full days in advance, allowing people to,
  • Prepare for power failures.
  • Airlines can re-route flights.
  • People can travel plans.
  • Businesses can adjust logistics operations. 
  • Make sure homes are adequately stocked in case people are stuck in their homes for days due to the blizzard.
  • Departments of Transportation can gear up to close and clear roads like I-25-, I-70, I-76, and I-80. 
If people heed the warnings, there will be far fewer deaths and disruptions, when compared to the 1973 storm, in spite of a higher total population.
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And Unnecessary Travel
This progress isn't accidental. It is the result of hard, and even heroic, work by dedicated meteorologists. Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather is the never-
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