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    Looking back and learning from May 24, 2011

    On May 24, 2011, a series of 12 tornadoes swept across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas, claiming 18 lives and leading Governor Mary Fallin to declare a State of Emergency for 68 Oklahoma counties. The one year anniversary for this tragic event serves as a reminder to continue to stay alert and be prepared for the threat of severe weather.

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About the Weather Partners

The NOAA Weather Partners, located in Norman, Oklahoma, are five federal government organizations involved in severe weather research, forecasting and support. They are:

Collocation in Norman invigorates collaborations that lead to a rapid transfer of knowledge from research into technology, training and improved forecasts and warnings nationwide.

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120 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73072

TEL 405-325-6933
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Low Tornado Numbers and Low Tornado Deaths, May 2012-April 2013

Updated 10 May 2013 to add new information from April 2013 Updated 2 May 2013 to correct typo on date of previous low tornado count The 12-month period from May 2012 to April 2013 was remarkable for the absence of tornado activity and tornado impacts in the United States. We can start by looking at […]

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Bill Bunting named SPC Operations Chief

In April, Bill Bunting became operations chief of the Storm Prediction Center.

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Outstanding Radar Operations Center employees recognized

Ten Radar Operations Center employees nominated for awards were recognized at the Annual Oklahoma Federal Executive Board Awards Banquet May 7 in Norman. These outstanding employees were selected by ROC management boards that identified organizational leaders based on three criteria: job accomplishments, impact on operations, and outside achievements

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Storm of the Month increasing forecaster proficiency with radar upgrade

The recent radar upgrade to the nation’s weather radar system is a dramatic technology improvement that allows for a much more in-depth analysis of weather systems. User training for the new technology, called dual polarization, is being conducted by the NOAA National Weather Service Warning Decision Training Branch. The WDTB uses several interactive training methods such as live chats, Facebook applications, and their most successful approach, the Storm of the Month program

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When Radar Met Wind Farm…

It’s always raining near Spearville, Kansas. At least it appears to be when forecasters like Larry Ruthi look at radar displays. Turns out, what looks like thunderstorms are actually rotating turbine blades from a wind farm.

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Bill Bunting named SPC Operations Chief

In April, Bill Bunting became operations chief of the Storm Prediction Center.

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