The tornado season is upon the United States. Three tornadoes have struck New York, Oklahoma, and Maryland respectively. All three tornadoes caused significant damage and some injuries. The series of tornadoes is not atypical in summer months. Residents in the affected states expect tornadoes every year and prepare with safe rooms, emergency plans, and insurance. Still, the devastation does not come without comment. Every year there is property damage and some fatalities. It seems a vocal portion of the residents have….had enough?
Everyone knows Americans are emotional. Herein, it’s also understandable that citizens are fed up with the tornadoes and how the situation is being “handled.” Specifically, The National Weather Service is under fire by some residents in Oklahoma due to a delayed warning signal during the most recent tornado that struck the state. Typically the warning goes off an hour early in places like Oklahoma but this time one didn’t go off until much later when the damage has already been done. This happened two more times in New York and Maryland. Part of the reason why the alarms have been delayed is due to a precautionary measure The National Weather Service is using. It turns out that when more false alarm notifications or warnings in which the tornado does not touch down prevent future warnings from taking full effect. Residents of affected areas end up not practicing preparedness because they anticipate each new warning is a fake.
Why the Lack of Warnings?
Greg Schoor is a program leader at The National Weather Service. He responded to the claims recently in an article written in USA Today. His response was, “There’s no headline here.”with the argument being that the three events were unrelated. Each department in every state operates as a unit in part of the whole. However, the decision to call for a tornado warning is made independently. It’s true that the National Weather Service is not “failing” as a whole or making bad decisions. The tornado warnings that failed to come for the three states listed above, and many more. In the same USA Today article it was written that, “The weather service issues many more false alarms for tornadoes than they do for actual twister, with an annual average false alarm rate of about 75%.” When considering that statistic it seems counterproductive to begin rolling back on false alarms now. Schoor says, “We don’t miss the big ones.”
Roger Wakimoto of the American Meteorological Society also added, “The rationale is that a false alarm rate that is high is similar to crying wolf too much — the public starts ignoring the warnings. There has been a general trend to reduce the false alarm rates associated with tornadoes, which means you tend to be cautious when issuing a warning.” It may not be what the victims in the affected states wanted to hear but it will have to do. This leaves the onus to prepare on the residents of high risk areas. Truthfully, it’s always on the individual to protect his or herself. No matter your location it’s important to prepare for emergency weather situations. Natural disasters are coming closer and closer together these days with shifting jet streams and changing weather patterns.
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