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Originally posted by AllUrChips
Originally posted by Uncinus
The area where tornadoes were predicted is very large. It's easy enough to roughly forecast the weather a day or two in advance, and say the condition will be right somewhere over a large area (a tornado watch). It's much harder to forecast exactly where the tornadoes will be until just before they arrive (a tornado warning).
I see you live in the tornado capitol of the west coast LA? Tornadoes are NOT forecastable within a few days, PERIOD. We get plenty of them in the mid west and trust me, they come out of nowhere.
It was only the second time in U.S. history that the Storm Prediction Center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance, Schneider said. The first time was in April 2006, when nearly 100 tornadoes tore across the southeastern U.S., killing a dozen people and damaging more than 1,000 homes in Tennessee.
This weekend's outbreak could be a "high-end, life threatening event," the center said.
It's possible to issue earlier warnings because improvements in storm modeling and technology are letting forecasters predict storms earlier and with greater confidence, said Chris Vaccaro, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.