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New U.S. tornado scale announced

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posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 04:51 PM
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'Enhanced Fujita' adds 28 indicators to track type of damage

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A new U.S. scale to more accurately assess tornado damage was launched Thursday, adding a list of 28 damage indicators such as building and tree types to the way destruction is measured.

"The 28 damage indicators ... give us a more accurate reading as far as damage is concerned," said Daniel McCarthy, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Storm Prediction Center.

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www.msnbc.msn.com...

I've alway thought that the 0-5 rating could use some work. Sounds like they are evolving. Maybe this will help out some way




posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 08:38 PM
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whats the point of this???

maybe fujita 5 wasnt scary enough, now there a 28:/

damage is damage


i think this is more directed toward insurance policies than anything.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 09:03 PM
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Your're probably right about the insurance.

But in the long haul..a More accurate history of storms, and damage, would aid
researchers, when looking for trends.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 09:12 PM
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The EF scale will be much better for tabulating and inputing data.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale) NOAA
Enhanced F Scale for Tornado Damage NOAA
Enhanced Fujita Scale Wiki

Was put to use recently in Florida:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
505 PM EST FRI FEB 2 2007

A PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY CONDUCTED BY STAFF FROM THE NWS OFFICE IN RUSKIN HAS DETERMINED THAT A TORNADO...CONTAINING WINDS UP TO 150 MPH...CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES FROM NEAR WILDWOOD TO THE VILLAGES IN NORTHEAST SUMTER COUNTY. THE TRACK BEGAN IN THE NORTHEAST PORTION OF WILDWOOD AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 301 AND COUNTY ROAD 462...THEN RACED NORTHEAST FOR 5 MILES BEFORE CONTINUING INTO THE LAKE COUNTY PORTION OF THE VILLAGES...ONE AND ONE HALF MILES SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 466. THOUGH THE FINAL COUNT OF DAMAGED OR DESTROYED HOMES...AS WELL AS INSURED DAMAGE...WILL NOT BE KNOWN FOR SEVERAL DAYS...THE FOLLOWING DETAILS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM THE TEAM THUS FAR:

INTENSITY...LOW END EF-3 (SCALE 139-167 MPH). TRADITIONAL F-SCALE: STRONG F-2 (F-2 SCALE RANGES FROM 113 TO 157 MPH). ACTUAL TORNADO WINDS ESTIMATED AROUND 140-150 MPH.



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 09:18 PM
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Sweet Pic on you Avatar. The Ark on the moom is pretty sweet, were did you get it?

[edit on 2-2-2007 by Royal76]



posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 10:03 PM
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Originally posted by Royal76
Sweet Pic on you Avatar. The Ark on the moon is pretty sweet, were did you get it?


Thanks, that's my own artwork and face.
Maybe this thread needs a tornado though.




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