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New York Times: Inside the Storm Prediction Center

With all of the severe weather we’ve had in the last couple of weeks, you might be wondering how those storms are tracked and warned. The New York Times put out an article this week on NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, who puts out the outlooks for regions of the country that are likely to see severe weather up to a week ahead and posts watches for areas that are expected to experience severe weather in the next few hours. Once severe weather starts to occur, warnings are put out by the local National Weather Service offices. After the storms pass, the local NWS folk go out and do site surveys to see if the damage was caused by a tornado or by straight-line winds. You can read more about the SPC at

Greg Dial is a forecaster who has worked for the Weather Service for 29 years. Source: New York Times