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Forecasters Review Talk of Storm “Outbreak”

Associated Press - April 28, 2016 10:52 am

A storm near Brookville Sunday afternoon. Photo by Cody Tremblay

U.S. forecasters will review whether they went too far out on a limb to warn people about bad weather that didn’t fully develop.

The Storm Prediction Center had said last week there was a good chance the central U.S. would see huge hail, high winds and strong tornadoes on Tuesday. For the first time, forecasters talked of a “possible outbreak” six days ahead of the storms.

The hail and winds came as promised, but tornadoes were small.

A social scientist says the National Weather Service should review how the public processed the information. Many criticized the forecast as a “bust,” even though it was largely correct. Another researcher said many people think mainly of tornadoes whenever severe weather is mentioned.

Forecasters received more than 500 reports of severe weather Tuesday.

Doug Clemens

April 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

That social scientist should clean out their ears. From day one the said tornado’s hail thunderstorms high winds. What is going to happen is people will ignor what these so called weather men and woman say as people get tired of false information. Plus the sounding of the sierens in Salina was uncalled for

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