Great Job by SPC/NWS

April 29th, 2014 at 2:19 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Severe Outlook    Click on the image to enlarge.  This is a map of the storm reports from Monday 4/28 thru about 2 am Tuesday plotted with the Storm Prediction Center’s early Monday morning convective outlook.  The yellow is the slight risk and the orange is the moderate outlook.  You can see that SPC did a very good job of using the moderate risk area to show where the tornadoes were going to occur.   Note the large SW to NE severe weather area across Mississippi, N. Alabama up into Tennessee with a secondary mostly hail max closer to the surface low in the St. Louis area into western Illinois.   The outlooks from SPC began 6 days prior to the event and most all of the tornado warnings were issued with enough advance warning to take proper action.  That certainly has helped lower the number of fatalities and injuries.

5 Responses to “Great Job by SPC/NWS”

  1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Bill, I agree that SPC/NWS did a wonder job. Local televisions & radio, news/weather teams do a very good job in warning people also. Another group that has done a good job, the storm chasers.

  2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    They’re not perfect. But when they’re good, they’re really good.

  3. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

    Great job to the SPC and NWS folks on this one. No doubt many lives were saved yesterday, and will be today, thanks to these dedicated professionals. Their predictions, along with weather spotters providing ground truth, really help get the warnings out promptly and with improved accuracy.

  4. Daniel G says:

    And I also will do a hats off to The Weather Channel. TWC is available and at hand while many people do not look at NWS websites at all. I do every morning along with various news agencies and my work site. I guess I’m a dweeb that way but we learned as kids that NEWS is valubale. Knowing whats going on and what might go on is valuable.
    Also have one inch of rain in the guage on the east side of Myers Lake from last nights/this morning rain. Slept like a rock and didn’t hear a thing!!
    And oh yeah, the neighbors look to me to let them know when the proverbial (stuff) is going to hit the fan too.

  5. Daniel G says:

    One more thing, Lake level is about the highest I’ve seen in the 14 years we’ve been up here. Lottsa water in the surrounding swamps and swails. Ducks, frogs, turtles, herons and all are happy with that. Skeeters are too….

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