Tornado Touches Down in Norman, Oklahoma

A tornado was reported to have touched down today in Norman, OK, a town roughly 20 miles south of Oklahoma City and home to the University of Oklahoma and the National Storm Prediction Center. Early reports noted gas leaks throughout the town, and a power outage affecting most of the residents of Norman. The class of the tornado does not yet appear to have been determined, but it was apparently hidden by rain, making it more deadly.

This tornado is just the first of an outbreak expected to occur tonight and into tomorrow as supercells form across both Oklahoma and Kansas.

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The above picture from the Weather Channel clearly shows the front moving through both of these states. Any tornadoes could be on the ground for a while, since the thunderstorms spawning them will be continuously traveling ahead of the front.

According to NOAA, March 2012 recorded 223 tornadoes, 143 more than the usual average of 80.

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  1. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/04/14/severe_us_weather_why_this_warning_is_different/

    In relation to this tornado and mitigation of damage, an article in the Boston Globe analyzed the effectiveness of the warnings regarding the Oklahoma tornado. The article states that the warnings were very early, which is unusual, yet seemed to have the potential of being very effective in preparing the population for the storm and threat of tornadoes. The national weather service used new descriptive language such as, “ass destruction,” “unsurvivable,” and “catastrophic,” when describing the storm in an effort to get the population to listen to the warnings concerning the storm. The hope is that this simple change in language will inspire people to take action in preparation from the storm rather than assuming, based upon past experiences, that the storm might not be that bad. It will be interesting to see if this simple change in language makes a difference in the mitigation of natural hazard damages.

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