Tennessee's Nighttime Tornadoes Pose Unique Problems for Forecasters and the Public
Early on March 3, tornadoes killed twenty-five people in Middle Tennessee. It is the deadliest tornado outbreak in the state in nearly a decade. Tornado warnings were issued ahead of time, but some survivors said they never received those warnings. Climatologist Kelsey Ellis says that’s a big problem. She has studied how people get severe weather alerts – and why they sometimes don’t get the alerts. Ellis tells WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth the problem is especially important in Tennessee, the number-one state for nighttime tornadoes.
After the Super Tuesday tornadoes, Ellis wrote about her findings and what the public must do in the interest of safety. That article appeared on the science journalism website The Conversation.