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BeauDodson

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  1. Hi JoMo, I thought about you on the anniversary of the tornado. It is hard to believe that it has been ten years. It seems like yesterday. I don't come on the forums very often, but was browsing it this morning and noticed this thread was still active. I hope you are doing well. I can't imagine the amount of trauma associated with an event like this. I can only compare it to what I saw after Katrina and Rita. It is hard to fathom so much destruction and loss of life.
  2. It is amazing how many days many areas have been at or above flood stage. Over one-hundred days in many areas. Is this the main Barry thread?
  3. This has been the spring of what could have been locally. We've had two tornado events. Almost every event ends up being conditional. And the conditions are never met.
  4. Definitely has some potential. We have had multiple potential events. Timing of the front on Thursday is key to our local area. Model guidance shows several MCS's over the coming days. Plenty of boundaries, clouds, rain, and storms. Most of our events this year have come down to the morning of the event.
  5. CIPS analogs are showing some decent events. http://www.eas.slu.edu/CIPS/ANALOG/DFHR.php?reg=MV&fhr=F084&rundt=2019050512&map=thbPPF This is the near perfect forecast graphic set. Wednesday and Thursday have some potential but, as always, is highly dependent on what happens with the dying MCS's. So far this year, our region has had numerous conditional events. Meaning, the forecast has been low confidence because of ongoing rain and clouds. The two tornado events were poorly forecast. One tornado event did not have a watch and was in the general thunderstorm forecast zone. Our last tornado event was on May 2nd. That was under-forecast, as well. It will be interesting to see if we can pull off a region-wide event this week. Most of the events have been localized, thus far.
  6. Hello Some of you might be interested in this. I cover southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and northwest Tennessee. I have started live blogging severe weather events. Typically, in the past, the messages go out through my app system. I have started to post all the messages into the live severe weather blog. There is also some long-range information (videos/graphics) that might be of interest to some of you. Keep in mind, for the most part, I try to explain weather in layman terms. Link Here is a sample from the May 2nd tornado event.
  7. Thanks for the suggestions. I will look over those.
  8. Does anyone know who the best meteorologists are in the western New York area (Buffalo perhaps)? Looking to follow them on Twitter/other. TV meteorologists or other.
  9. Hi Aleksey, sorry to bother you. I attempted a Twitter search, but came up empty. Can you link me to the page? For example mine is https://twitter.com/BeauDodson Assuming there is an account page. Thanks for your time. Beau
  10. I am hoping to LES chase this season. I have never done this before. The last major snow event that I photographed was Hurricane Sandy in West Virginia. I have actually never experienced "true" lake effect snow. I am hoping there are some significant events. I am monitoring this thread.
  11. What is the name of your Twitter group.? Thanks
  12. Stunning images. Here is a link for these images. I shortened it. You do have to refresh it for the latest images (or set it for refresh) https://wtalk.co/JWQKBC69
  13. Was thinking about you today. Popped into the forum to see if this thread was still alive and well. I see that it is. I agree, it is hard to believe that it has been five years. Hope you are doing well.
  14. Weather Brains had an interesting guest on recently. Dr. Jason Persoff. He recounted his experience in Joplin immediately after the tornado struck the city. http://weatherbrains.com/weatherbrains/?p=2138
  15. I agree 100%. I have caught errors on this subject more than once. It is a concern. I am going to bring it up again with our local office. Especially after the answer I was given earlier this year.
  16. I have tried them all - literally. Midland 300! You can program out all the products you do not want to tone alert for - among other features.
  17. Although I can't answer for him I find the service assessments extremely valuable. I read them all - have them all printed out - keep them here on hand for review. I think the NWS, emergency management, media, and others read them - utilize them - take them for what they are. I learn something from each assessment and make changes accordingly. From talking with others - they do the same. The process isn't perfect - it is evolving - will continue to evolve. The more we learn - the more we realize we have a lot to learn.
  18. Unfortunately this book is being sold in many outlets - to the public. I am not sure how someone outside of the meteorological community would view this. It makes the NWS look incompetent. I do agree with Mike on some of the topics brought up within the book. Some of them are the same concerns raised in the service assessments. Of course service assessments are not read by the general public. If this publication was for internal purposes then I would view it as a severe lashing against the NWS, some in the media (although they are excused somewhat in the book because they were parroting what the NWS said), and emergency management officials who didn't blow the sirens properly. For a publication like this to be sold to the public - not sure it is helpful or useful. It does strongly promote their private warning service. I am not sure how many times their private warning service was mentioned - but several times. Emphasis was added that they got the track right and the NWS got the track wrong. Critique is important within the weather community - there are several private and semi-private forms to do just that. Critique can be important in moving everyone forward - improving products issued for the public - improving siren policies - other. However, I would agree with some others with the same sentiment that the book is a bit disappointing in the approach. When one group/agency makes another group/agency look like fools - with little mercy - then eyebrows are raised that there is some sort of agenda at hand. I am afraid this is what the book left me wondering. The book raises some important points - valid concerns - items of interest. The approach, though, was disappointing. The NWS had a very difficult job that day - emergency management had a very difficult job that day - the manner in which the storm formed, exploded, evolved made for a perfect storm of sorts. Unfortunate and so was the outcome.
  19. If is funny you should say that - because One of the NWS meteorologists, from the St Louis, Missouri - National Weather Service Office, did a presentation (last fall - at the big NWA conference) in Birmingham, Alabama on their EF4 tornado event. She said that the reasons there were not more fatalities in the EF4 St Louis tornado was - wait for it and drum roll - LUCK She had a list - but LUCK was, if I remember correctly, number 5 on the list. This is what was on her slide presentation
  20. I am not sure a tornado emergency would have mattered. Maybe for the on-air people? Unsure. We will never know. Of course now we have the new warning system = Springfield is one of the offices using the new terminology that attempts to predict how much damage a tornado will or won't do. It would not have mattered in this event. It was too late - not to mention that I don't think hey had enough time. I have seen some meteorologists that focus on "their idea" of where a storm should track and if radar is showing something different they still seem to not catch on. In school this is called tunnel-vision. I said it must be going northeast and it must be heading to town A B and C. By the time you realize it isn't happening as you expected then it is too late. Not saying that is what happened here - but the evidence stacked up by Mike in his book does suggest that concept. At least as a potential. It is too bad there was such a delay in the tilt scans. Had they had the phased array radar then this would have likely ended a lot differently. This is where local radars - owned by television stations - can be of some value. It is too bad the NWS can't zero in on a storm and get faster updates.
  21. Not sure the DOC allows me to post the logs - I have them. Just not sure if I can post them or not? They are interesting because they show a lot of communication about what is happening to the City of Joplin and before Joplin. From the logs there appears to a lot less confusion as to what is/was going on - at least when you compare then to the statements that were actually put out by the NWS for the public.
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