Wednesday, May 22, 2013

One More Time: Moore Had Plenty of Warning

I was bombarded by people, including some associated with large media companies, today telling me:Moore had little warningMoore had eight minutes warningMoore had 16 minutes warningAll of those are incorrect. Depending on part of town, Moore had 36 minutes or more of warning! I'm not sure why this is vexing the media as much as it is but the documentation is below:Here is the tornado warning issued at 2:40pm:Here is the map of locations and times:The first damage in west Moore was at 3:16pm. From 2:40 to 3:16 is 36 minutes. That is triple the national average (12 minutes) for tornado warnings. In east Moore, it was more than 40 minutes!Let's review the entire timeline:This blog, Sunday and Monday mornings, highlighted the risk for the Moore area. A tornado watch was issued for Moore more than two hours before the tornado struck.When the tornado warning was issued outdoor sirens sounded, local TV and radio stations ceased regular programming and started continuous coverage. NOAA weather radios alarmed. Smartphone apps activated. Two TV stations’ helicopters were showing the tornado – live – approaching Moore. In other words, just how much warning do you want?! At some point, this becomes an issue of personal responsibility. It is your obligation to be weather-wise.  Meteorologists cannot lead you by the hand into shelter. The National Weather Service did an outstanding job.  Capisce!

One More Time: Moore Had Plenty of Warning Images

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