One of the interesting questions that comes up every year is how to compare a tornado season with previous seasons. In 2009, that question has come up particularly in light of the quiet conditions lately. One way to do this is to start by adjusting historical reports for the long-term “inflation” in reports. If we [...]
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Unusually quiet weather conditions for this time of year continue into the weekend.
A cautionary note about deterministic guidance from high-resolution NWP models.
A remarkable forecast of severe storms last Friday, May 8, 2009.
A look at an unfolding severe weather event and some new forecast techniques.
We frequently get asked, “how many…” occur each year. One of the most common of those questions involves tornado deaths. Here’s the raw data.
The relationship between the preliminary and final counts of tornadoes is not as straightforward as it seems.
The question of how rare an event the Oklahoma tornadoes of 10 February 2009 is very difficult to answer.
The number of severe thunderstorm wind reports on Wed. Feb. 11, 2009 is unusual for so early in the year.
Tornadoes as far west or farther west than the Oklahoma City-Edmond tornado have occurred rarely in January or February since 1950.