- Feb 17, 2014
Well the NWS should take it into account when there is a slow moving ef 5 and no basements in an area that usually doesn't have a lot of violent tornadoes
Why should the NWS take this into account on a general basis? Like I said, this event was an exception to the rule as far as most tornado events go.
Not as a rule but in these cases if possible esp in rural areas where little chance of congestion
I don't see how this should be suddenly pinned on them. For this case in particular, the survivability rate within the core of the tornado's path was very low, but that rarely applies even in the strongest tornadoes.
Unless you are the amazing Calvin Kaskey!There's absolutely no way the NWS nor anyone else would or should advise people to get in their cars and flee a tornado. That's just completely irresponsible and dangerous. For one thing, there's no way to tell the intensity of a tornado while it's in progress, so the idea that you'd only make such a recommendation when there's a "slow-moving F5" is flawed from the start. For another, 99% of the time you're much safer sheltering in your home than getting into your car. Even a weak tornado can seriously injure or kill you in your car, while the majority of people survive in their homes even if they're struck by an EF5. Jarrell was an extreme aberration - in fact, it's the only tornado I can think of in which the survival rate in the core of the path was zero - and it would be deeply misguided to base any sort of policy on that.
But even if we ignore all of those things, what's going to happen when you tell people that they can't survive in their homes and they need to flee? Traffic jams, car accidents, and mass panic. The odds are pretty good that that'd be worse than the tornado itself, especially when you end up with potentially hundreds of people (or more?) stuck in their cars on crowded roads with a violent tornado bearing down on them. That's a good recipe for mass fatalities.
I read it was moving like 5 MPH. It explains why the damage was so bad.If I'm not mistaken the tornado wasn't moving more than 20 mph and could have easily been outrun and everyone could have been saved if they got into a vehicle in time.
It actually moved southwest. This was because the updraft was anchored to a dryline/cold front and there was insufficient flow to push it off the boundary (not to mention the fact that if the winds were strong enough to push it off the boundary, a tornado of that strength may have never materialized).I read it was moving like 5 MPH. It explains why the damage was so bad.
I was gonna make a thread asking why this storm moved West, but.. it looks like the answer is muddy and uncertain.