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Severe Weather Ravages South Last Weekend - Midwest Today?

by Jamie Robinson        April 19, 2011  |  12:13 pm  |  Category: Latest News

This past weekend saw a large, destructive outbreak of tornadoes in 15 states.  A total of 45 people died in 6 states.  The most recent being a 6 month old in North Carolina that was hospitalized after 25 tornadoes tore through the state Saturday.  Of the 25 tornadoes in North Carolina, 5 of them were rated EF3 (136 - 165 mph winds).  The 25 tornadoes are also the largest outbreak in the state since 1984 when 25 tornadoes broke out on March 28th killing 42 people.

The National Weather Service is investigating 267 reports of tornadoes from this past weekend.  Many of those will be duplicate reports of the same tornado but it underlines the immensity of the outbreak.  The outbreak was the deadliest in the U.S. since 2008.  The hardest hit states were Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Now, a new outbreak is set to hit the midwest today.  The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of 8 states under a moderate risk of severe weather for today.  The increased risk is along a frontal boundary moving across the nation's mid-section. 


The threat exists for damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.  

Outlook for Tornadoes


Outlook for Hail

It is imperative that spotters and emergency management personnel, as well as the general public, closely monitor this developing situation.  Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can develop rapidly and with very little warning.  Ensure that you have multiple sources of information (e.g. internet, weather radio, TV, Weather Defender) to help provide you with the most up-to-date information to help you remain safe.

Midwest / Southeast Brace for Severe Weather Outbreak

by Jamie Robinson        February 24, 2011  |  12:43 pm  |  Category: Latest News


What a difference a mere couple weeks can make.  While many areas are just now enjoying snow free yards a large portion of the Midwest and Southeast are preparing for severe weather today.  The Storm Prediction Center shows many states with up to a 15% of tornadoes today (see map above).

It's days like today that Weather Defender can really pay for itself.  In addition to being able to watch the radar for approaching storms, there's a long list of other layers that can be added that help prepare you for what could be coming.  Some of these are:

  • Storm reports (review reports from spotters as the storm approaches)
  • Storm tracks (see where a certain cell is going and how fast it's getting there)
  • Lightning Strikes - Premium addition (allows you to see how much lightning is involved with a storm)
  • MESO (shows where possible mesocyclones, storms with rotation as indicated by radar, are)
  • Storm Attributes (helps pinpoint where hail could occur and how large it could be)
  • Watches/warnings (see up-to-date watches and warnings posted on your map as they are issued) 

As always, make sure you have multiple sources of information for severe weather including Weather Defender, other internet sources, weather radio and television. 

Kasey's Winter Forecast

by Rory Groves        September 21, 2010  |  9:09 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Kasey Cornette, age 11, is one of our most promising young meteorologists and an avid user of Weather Defender. Kasey has prepared the following 2010-2011 Winter Forecast.

"This is my forecast of the winter of 2010 and 2011. I took a variety of forecast models,especialy Weather Defender,and averaged them out:

"I monitord the temeratures over the year,the fruit trees,and the animals gathering them. I thought about some of the things that I had learned.Since it had been such a hot summer with little rain and so much fruit on the the trees that got ripe and started rotting so early, it would be an overall early and below average tempature winter for the plains and Ohio Vally area.Also a later than average winter and above average temperature winter for all of the south,and the far Northeast area.Im expecting the first snowfall to be in the state of Wyomying around September 21st thru 29th.And Omaha Nebraska looks like it could have a pretty bad winter.

"The colors represent this.The light blueish greenish color means a mild winter,the white means cold and snowy,and the pink means bitterly cold and dry. But besides that,it has been a very dry summer here,yet we have had two maijor floods,the first flood we had 7 inches of rain in two days,and the seconed one we got 6 inches of rain in 45 minutes.The water rose 6 inches in 15 minutes in town. small creeks that are usualy 2 inches deep were 10 feet deep to 12 feet deep."

Kasey Cornette


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