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April 13-15 2012: Major Severe Weather Outbreak Strikes The US Plains
2012-04-16 04:05:55

RedOrbit.com Meteorologist Joshua Kelly This major outbreak started on Friday afternoon in the southern plains from Texas and mostly Oklahoma. Reports on this day included tornadoes and large hail throughout the region. One of the bigger tornadoes of the day struck in and near Norman, Oklahoma.  There was also a tornado reported in California on this day near the city of Yuba City. The National Weather Service reports that there was very large hail near the size of 3 inches...

Could Tornado Alley Be Extended?
2012-04-13 04:21:01

A research firm is looking to broaden the borders of a strip of the Midwest known as Tornado Alley. Tornado Alley has traditionally included the Plains states from the Dakotas to Texas. CoreLogic, a Californian risk and management company has studied weather data from across the country and is now suggesting this region should be stretched as far east as western Ohio, as well as covering a majority of the deep south. According to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Tornado Safety: Be Safe This Tornado Season
2012-04-03 10:15:06

RedOrbit.com Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Now that the 2012 severe weather season is upon us it is time to look at a few things that you can do to help prepare yourself and family. First, the National Weather Service this week has started working with new alarm systems that are going to provide more significant terminology meant to get the point across that these storms can and will cause damage.  So expect to see this slowly start making its way across the country to other warming...

Tornado Forecasting
2012-03-28 08:00:09

RedOrbit.com Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Every year many people lose their lives to tornadoes. So why is there not a better plan in place for warning the public about these tornadoes and when they are going to occur? In earlier times there was not much in place for warnings. Now with the advancement of technology, tornado forecasting has gotten a lot better and we are able to provide warnings that give people enough time to take shelter. So why are so many people still dying from...

Image 1 - NASA Studies March 3 Severe Weather Outbreak
2012-03-09 03:00:43

A NASA satellite used infrared and microwave "vision" to analyze the storm system that created the March 3 severe weather outbreak in the U.S. On March 3, 2012, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared and microwave data of the front that generated the severe weather during the early morning and early afternoon hours. On the Aqua satellite's first overpass on March 3, infrared data from AIRS showed the strong low pressure...

Tornado Season 2012 – Why So Early, and Why So Severe?
2012-03-09 06:20:59

Joshua Kelly, Meteorology Correspondent for Redorbit.com Tornado Season 2012 is off to a very fast pace from our normal standards. Many things can be put together as reasons for these extensive tornado outbreaks. One of the biggest reasons is the lack of winter that we have had this year across the United States. This allows for well above average temperatures to already be in place farther north than normal for February. Another thing to blame is La-Nina. During La-Nina years we do...

Satellite Shows Movement Of Tornadic Weather System
2012-03-03 05:19:18

[ Watch the Video ] A satellite animation of NOAA's GOES-13 satellite imagery showed the movement of the front that triggered severe storms and tornadoes in several states on February 29, 2012. On March 1, NASA released a GOES satellite animation of that weather system that triggered at least 20 tornadoes. NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-13, captures visible and infrared images of weather over the eastern U.S. every 15 minutes. NOAA operates the GOES...

2011-05-02 23:41:11

NOAA's preliminary estimate is that there were 362 tornadoes during the entire outbreak from 8:00 a.m. EDT April 25 to 8:00 a.m. April 28, 2011.     * During the 24-hour period from 8:00 a.m. EDT April 27 to 8:00 a.m. EDT April 28, The National Weather Service (NWS) estimates there were a total of 312 tornadoes.     * The NWS Storm Prediction Center issued severe weather outlooks five days in advance and tornado watches hours in advance.     * NWS...

2011-02-15 10:55:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As hurricane and tornado seasons approach, funding for the NWS will be nearly 30 percent less than the first half of 2011, if the Continuing Resolution proposed by the House majority is enacted. Congress's move will necessitate work furloughs and force rolling closures of Weather Warning Offices across the country. The effects will be felt in every aspect of daily life, including emergency management, television weather, and information...


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