Tornado Tech: What If Dorothy Had A Smartphone?

For many, the only way they learn a tornado is close to the sirens. In the spring and summer, the tornado sirens are extinguished much more when ROAR tornadoes in Alabama, who was beaten by 900 since 2000, representing a quarter of all tornado deaths in the United States.

I am always surprised to see that so many people rely on a single source of is warned, and this must change, said Jim Stefkovich, meteorologist in charge of the Office of the National Weather Service Birmingham.

James Spann, meteorologist of the television for a long time at the Birmingham ABC affiliate, said the use of sirens has led to dozens of deaths over the years. In the mermaid mentality, it is the idea that you will always hear a tornado siren before a tornado.And I think it’s a farce.

Sirens are old decades air raid technology of the second world war that were designed, primarily, to warn people who are outside threats. Today, houses are constructed and isolated so that warnings in the open air are rarely inside. And since last year’s deadly tornadoes in Alabama, the weather experts have increased their educational efforts.

In Tuscaloosa, where a huge tornado wiped out a part of the city last April, a dozen volunteers recently seated at tables in a supermarket, the programming of radio weather $30, broadcast warnings when bad weather is close.

Experts say that each House must have a minimum of one of these radios. Hundreds of people came to buy and learn how to use the devices. Among them was Martha Moore, who already had a radio, but has been buying one for parents.

For some everyone thinks the reason that it will not reach them, and then when this is the case, it is a little too late to make these preparations, said.

The next generation weather alerts

Last year, it was the season the most deadly tornado in the United States since 1917 – 550 people died. And even if the beginning of the season of tornadoes is traditional weeks, 49 people have already died this year in places such as Henryville, Indiana, West Liberty, Kentucky, and Birmingham, Alabama

Preparation, and lack thereof, have attracted the attention of the industry weather and researchers in the social sciences. The two groups are trying to learn what people thought in storms and how they reacted.

Laura Myers, researcher at the Mississippi State University, says that it and his team conducted more than 2,000 interviews.

Sought additional confirmation, said Mr. Myers. They wanted to know, they were directly in the path of the storm. If they got it through the television, and then they tested their radios. They tested their smartphones. They called people. Many people came out to see if they could see it coming.

This kind of thinking has led some in the private sector to see opportunities. Weather radios warn people when the weather is similar to a County, but counties can be enormous – hundreds of miles across – the origin of many to ignore the warnings.

The new technology is designed to change this situation. One is a Smartphone $10 application called Radio weather iMap created by weather Decision Technologies.

Forecasters now issue the next generation of alerts that focus on small geographical areas where bad weather is expected. Company Vice President Mark Taylor said that this application uses the phone GPS to determine whether someone is really threatened.

He is no reason at this point why people should die because they did not, said Taylor. The day did not know that you were in danger – I think that this is very frustrating to see that it still exists, that people are saying, we n don’t know.

Of course, everyone can afford a smartphone. Meteorologist Birmingham Spann said that he and his colleagues recognize their own limitations. We are not as good that we think that we are, and we must accept it and work on it and be better, and to admit the alert process of the work to be done.

The National Weather Service updates its radar across the country sites. It will help forecasters predict the better time, but this does not mean people will pay attention.

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