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2012-04-03 11:13:41 AM
So we can get more scary warnings when a tornado is 20 miles away and going in the opposite direction?

Hurray!
 
2012-04-03 11:16:05 AM
Oblig xkcd:
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2012-04-03 11:16:30 AM

TheGreatGazoo: So we can get more scary warnings when a tornado is 20 miles away and going in the opposite direction?

Hurray!


No, so we have time to seek shelter when a tornado decides to turn our town into rubble.

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2012-04-03 11:21:40 AM
any tornado can be survived if you're below ground level. that is why ditches(hopefully a deep one) are a great place to be.
 
2012-04-03 11:23:22 AM
"TAKE COVER"

Yes, in a town with no basements and no storm shelters that is most helpful. Excuse me while I go crawl into my tub and poop my pants.
 
2012-04-03 11:30:05 AM
Maybe next they can set up a repeat warning system:

WARNING WARNING!!!
THIS IS A REAPEAT!!!
TOTAL DEVISTATION!!!
 
2012-04-03 11:33:52 AM

Linux_Yes: any tornado can be survived if you're below ground level. that is why ditches(hopefully a deep one) are a great place to be.


I would wager that most tornadoes are survivable, it's the 200 MPH chunk of wood to the head that kills you.
 
2012-04-03 11:56:33 AM
Partial repeat.
 
2012-04-03 12:05:45 PM
The NWS doesn't mince words with big hurricanes though.
 
2012-04-03 12:17:43 PM
People don't take tornado warnings seriously, not because they don't use scary enough language, but because the warnings are (unfortunately) not particularly accurate. If a tornado is spotted anywhere in the county the entire county lights up, which means people quickly learn that tornado warnings are usually meaningless. Which works fine until a tornado comes down on you.

They have a 'boy who cried wolf' problem, not a 'the wolf isn't described scary enough' problem.
 
2012-04-03 01:13:34 PM
"...and there's a 50% chance of cows tonight."
 
2012-04-03 01:14:07 PM
If Stephen Stucker was alive to do the voice it might just work.
 
2012-04-03 01:58:00 PM
I think the problem is that tornadoes are typically highly localized problems. Even if they get more specific than county level that still leaves a lot of space that won't get hit.
 
2012-04-03 02:10:19 PM
Obligatory. (clickity pop)
 
2012-04-03 02:32:51 PM
Sure, you may think you survived only to then be eaten alive by killer tornado fungus.
Link (sweet dreams tonight)

/still better than Japan's radioactive tornadoes and typhoons in progress.
 
2012-04-03 04:13:40 PM
I wish they would change terms. Tornado Warning and Tornado Watch are to close in definition for me to keep straight.

Tornado Warning: Warning, conditions are right for a tornado.

Tornado Watch: Watch out for the tornado that has been spotted.

or is it:

Tornado Watch: Watch out for a tornado, the conditions are right for a tornado to form.

Tornado Warning: Warning their has been a tornado spotted.

I propose something more specific:

Tornado potential: there is potential for tornadoes.

Tornado spotted: there has been a tornado spotted.

/When a object is heading toward someone, you yell "Watch out" not "Warning"
 
2012-04-03 07:48:11 PM
My county had 13 confirmed tornadoes in one day last summer. At the spotter training class a few weeks ago, we had a long discussion about Joplin and how we can get people to pay attention to tornado warnings.
 
2012-04-04 12:19:00 AM

LoneWolf343: My county had 13 confirmed tornadoes in one day last summer. At the spotter training class a few weeks ago, we had a long discussion about Joplin and how we can get people to pay attention to tornado warnings.


The problem is people. People are stupid. Their stupidity will blow your mind. When I was working at Dallas Love Field a couple years ago, a tornado came within a few miles of the airport and people were standing outside as if it was nothing but a rain shower. The sirens were blaring, the rain was pouring, and the wind was howling but apparently that means nothing to some people. The radio was
 
2012-04-04 12:27:30 AM
To finish that thought:

The radio was playing playing Adam Lambert as if nothing was going on. Meanwhile, WBAP was following it live. I can still hear it: "What do you want from me?""There has to be something more to this storm than just heavy rain"click"...tornado is now crossing the Trinity River near 183...""HOLY SHIAT THAT'S JUST A COUPLE MILES AWAY!"
 
2012-04-04 10:26:19 AM

Tobin_Lam: LoneWolf343: My county had 13 confirmed tornadoes in one day last summer. At the spotter training class a few weeks ago, we had a long discussion about Joplin and how we can get people to pay attention to tornado warnings.

The problem is people. People are stupid. Their stupidity will blow your mind. When I was working at Dallas Love Field a couple years ago, a tornado came within a few miles of the airport and people were standing outside as if it was nothing but a rain shower. The sirens were blaring, the rain was pouring, and the wind was howling but apparently that means nothing to some people. The radio was


Yeah, I said as much.
 
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