Impact Based Severe Weather Warnings: Getting the severe weather message out to the public
Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge-National Weather Service Forecast Office-Chicago/Romeoville
It is critical the public CLEARLY understands the nature of the severe weather threat which faces them. People have died in recent tornado and severe storm outbreaks despite the issuance of timely watches and warnings. This greatly concerns all of us in the meteorological profession. How has this happened and how can it be prevented? How can warnings more clearly communicate the danger which faces a population during outbreaks of severe weather? The National Weather Service has been–and continues to be— engaged in a broad, multi-faceted effort to design warnings which more clearly communicate the threats severe weather poses in developing weather situations.
Ed Fenelon will discuss the effort to issue what are being referred to as “impact based” severe weather warnings in attempt to do just that. He will also discuss the Tornado Ready Chicago campaign being spearheaded by the National Weather Service Forecast Office here.