Considering the severe weather season has been incredibly quiet so far this year, most people probably haven’t given too much thought to tornadoes or damaging thunderstorms lately. Meteorologists are always trying to find ways to make sure people are warned ahead of the storm, but despite all of the warnings that go out, some people still say they had no warning after a storm or tornado hits.
I started thinking about this today, and I just wanted to do a quick poll to see which method you use most often to get a warning on a coming storm. For example, you may rely solely on your weather radio, or instead you may look to a mobile app to send you a push notification. Some of you may have multiple ways to get warned.
It’s always important to heed any warning that go out, especially tornado warnings. You may think that your area won’t be impacted, but it often happens when you least expect it. ALL warnings need to be taken serious.
In the poll below, if I left something out, just mention it in the comments.
Matthew Holliday is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Geographic Information Science. He is currently pursing his master's degree in meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University. Matthew founded Firsthand Weather in 2010 as a senior in high school and maintained the site through his undergraduate career. Research that was conducted by Matthew while at OU involved determining the synoptic environment in which various types of wave clouds (including vertically propagating waves and trapped waves) develop in Boulder, Colorado and Norman, OK. Matthew also did research on spatial changes in tornado activity across the United States . The goal of this study was to determine if spatial changes in tornado activity had occurred and if those changes could be linked to changes in average surface dew point temperature. Matthew has completed coursework in dynamics, thermodynamics, cloud physics, calculus and differential equations, statistics, remote sensing, GIS, synoptic meteorology, and mesoscale meteorology. His goal is to provide his audience with a deeper understanding of what drives our weather and climate, while making it easy and enjoyable to learn.