November, 2013’s seven state tornado outbreak: The 4th largest for any month in Illinois and 4th largest November twister outbreak across the U.S.;
The role of the communications revolution and community preparedness in this past
Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Forecast Office and Matt Friedlein, National Weather Service meteorologist and forecaster-Romeoville, IL
The devastating November 17, 2013 tornado outbreak was the 4th largest nationally for the month of November, and the 4th largest in Illinois for any month. The fact only 8 fatalities were associated with the 71 tornadoes on this day across 7 states may have been due to at least three revolutions associated with the messaging of weather warnings: 1) greater collaborations among the weather enterprise, emergency managers, and the general public have enhanced communications and community preparedness; 2) Wireless Emergency Alerts and social media helped broaden the warning messaging and expanded its reach; and 3) impact based warnings allowed some level of expected magnitude of the hazards to be passed along to those in harm’s way. We’ll look at how these initiatives made a difference on November 17, and what they mean for the future of weather hazards messaging.