We have come a LONG way when it comes to communicating emergencies to the public. Through social media, within seconds, a message can be sent to relay critical weather information to millions of people. That is a huge responsibility for the weather community. On Episode 21 of Tornado Talk, we are taking a snapshot of how we are doing conveying severe weather information over social media. What are we doing right? What could we do better? What are the best and worst in social media platforms? What are tips for those just starting out in the world of weather information dissemination. We have an awesome panel of social media experts who will help guide us on this journey. Tim Ballisty, a freelance social meteorologist formerly of The Weather Channel; NWS Houston forecaster Melissa Huffman; WBRZ-TV meteorologist and founder of thewxsocial.com Josh Eachus; and Dr. Marshall Shepherd, the director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia, host of the television show Weather Geeks on The Weather Channel, a contributor to Forbes magazine – writing a weather and climate column and past president of the American Meteorological Society. Grab your phone or tablet! Episode 21 is ON!!
On Episode 20 of Tornado Talk, we explore the development of tornadoes out of tropical systems. How do they form? Where do they form? What was the biggest outbreak from a tropical cyclone? Which tropical tornado caused the most damage? Which was the deadliest? Episode 20 is ON!
August 15, 2016: Eight tornadoes from a severe weather event became a daily record for August tornadoes in Indiana. Then August 24 happened. A larger and more intense tornado outbreak moved across the state. Multiple supercells produced tornadoes across central and northern Indiana. An EF3 hit Kokomo, IN. An EF3 near Woodburn east of Fort Wayne, IN. In all, 10 tornadoes occurred across the state on the 24th, becoming the new record for daily tornadoes in August in Indiana and only the 17th day with 10 or more tornadoes in state history (per NWS). On August 24, it was not only the state of Indiana receiving multiple tornadoes. 11 tornadoes crossed through Ohio including 2 rated EF2 in Paulding and Defiance Counties. There were also 2 confirmed tornadoes in Ontario, Canada. On Episode 19, we have the full story of the August tornado outbreaks. Hear from those who witnessed the tornadoes, chased them, reported on them and put out the warnings to help save lives. Hear the story from those waiting to hear from loved ones and who saw the damage firsthand. Two weeks of twisters in August. A Severe Weather Surprise. Episode 19 is ON!
Featured Image: EF-2 Tornado-NW of Defiance, OH (Jaycee Riley/ZR Photo) – From NWS Northern Indiana Storm Survey
It is just before 9pm on August 26, 2007 in Northwood, ND. A quaint town of just under 1,000 people is rocked by a massive EF4 tornado. One person is killed and 18 injured. More than 90 percent of the homes, apartments and businesses are damaged or destroyed. Cars and trucks are carried up to a half-mile away and slammed into corn and bean fields. How did the storms form that day? What was it like to be there? How did the town recover?Hear the story of Northwood from those who live there, who forecast for the area and have watched the town go from devastation to restoration. Episode 18 is ON!
We are honored to have meteorologist, structural engineer, scientist, and storm chaser Tim Marshall on Episode 17 of Tornado Talk. We sat down with Tim and asked him questions about his career and his interests. He has conducted thousands of storm surveys. What was the worst he has surveyed? How does he feel about storm chasing? One of his interests: How the tornado in the Wizard of Oz was created. Hear the details! We go one on one with Tim Marshall! Episode 17 is ON!!
The state of Utah averages just two tornadoes each year, with an F2 or stronger once every 7 years. It was an F2 that soared through the state at lunchtime on August 11, 1999. It slammed the largest city in Utah. The tornado lasted ten minutes and killed one person, injured more than 80 people, and caused more than $170 million in damages. It was the most destructive tornado in Utah’s history. Hear the story from Bill Alder, retired meteorologist from the NWS in Salt Lake City, Cory Lyman, currently the head of emergency management for the city and Richard Turley who works with the Latter Day Saints church. Episode 16 is ON!!
August 6, 1993 was one for the record books in the state of Virginia. Eighteen tornadoes occurred on that day alone smashing the old record of ten in one day October 13, 1983. The total for the year was 25 breaking the old record of 22 from 1975. An F-4 Tornado hit the town of Petersburg with estimated winds peaking near 210 mph. This is the strongest recorded tornado in Virginia since 1950. It was the costliest tornado with an estimated 47 million dollars in damages. The total estimated damage from the outbreak was 52.5 million dollars. This week we tell the story with our amazing guests: Senator Rosalyn Dance from the 16th District in Virginia, she was mayor of Petersburg when the tornado hit, Greg Seidel was a detective at the time of the tornado and helped with search and rescue, Barbara Watson worked at the NWS in Sterling, VA and recounts what happened and the damage found during the survey. Episode 15 is ON!!
On Episode 14 of Tornado Talk, we take on the siren debate. There are some in the weather community who think they are antiquated technology and would like to see them go. There are many though who think they are necessary and feel they should stay. Is there a middle ground? What are the pros and cons for keeping tornado sirens around? Episode 14 is ON!!
The ingredients came together on July 7, 2016 to generate supercell thunderstorms that resulted in tornadoes that pressed through Greenwood County, KS. Hear the story from those chasing the nighttime storms to a resident caught in the middle. Get the details on the meteorological setup with the National Weather Service and how the town of Eureka has recovered from Greenwood County Emergency Management. We are taking the EF Scale to Eureka! Episode 13 of Tornado Talk is ON!!
Everything changed for the residents of the quiet, rural community of Oakfield, WI on Thursday, July 18th, 1996. A powerful tornado ripped through the village and NWS survey teams would find F5 damage. We talk with WISN-TV Chief Meteorologist Mark Baden and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tim Halbach of the NWS in Milwaukee about how things unfolded on this mid-July evening. Episode 12 of Tornado Talk is ON!!
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