NOAA/NWS are experimenting with the notion of issuing various types of Tornado WARNINGS in the future.
Right now, there is just one type...a Tornado WARNING.
- Standard Tornado Warning: Which is being issued by National Weather Service Offices currently.
- PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Tornado Warning: Which will mean a tornado has actually been spotted on the ground.
- Tornado Emergency: Which means there is a large violent tornado on the ground producing damage, and is headed towards a populated city.
Examples of such would have been last Friday when the tornado hit Fern Creek. That likely would have been a PDS Tornado WARNING.
Pekin to Henryville, IN's event likely would have been a Tornado Emergency. (they actually did issue this at one point but it does not get issued on the wires like a typical warning).
NWS is going to test this starting MONDAY APRIL 2nd with (6) weather offices across the country. Most are in KS and MO. None are in IN or KY.
Depending on the results of that test, we could see our local offices taking part in the new warnings in the coming months.
The fear is that the public has become "used" to the term TORNADO WARNING and may not take them seriously due to false alarms and/or just radar indication circulations that never touch down.
They hope the new warnings will allow clarity and prompt better response.
Personally, I like the idea. I agree that radar indicated tornado warnings are MUCH different than a large wedge tornado on the ground doing damage. I think the more specific we can get...the better.
But what do YOU think? Good idea or not? Post your comments and let us know.