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Remembering February 5-6, 2008 Super Tuesday Outbreak

Areas for highest severe weather threat 2/2/2016. Get WeatherCall now if you don;t already have it. Proven to save lives. try.weathercall.net/signupnow

Areas for highest severe weather threat 2/2/2016. Get WeatherCall now if you don;t already have it. Proven to save lives. try.weathercall.net/signupnow


Usually, an anniversary is remembered on, well, the anniversary.  But this one is too important to wait.  While the threat for severe weather is not as great this week as it was in 2008, there is an increasing threat for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  The map provided from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center lays out the area for the defined threat.


The two day period in 2008 February 5,6, however, was one for the record books, only to be eclipsed by the outbreak on April 27, 2011.  It is called the Super Tuesday Outbreak, because it happened surrounding the Super Tuesday election season in the presidential primaries in 2008.  Two historic posts below are worth looking at, the second more technical than the first.  The first is from Wikipedia.  Journalists worldwide are taught not to get information straight from the Wiki’s, but this article is accurate and a very good synopsis for the laymen.  The latter is the NWS Service Assessment for that event,and is more technical.  It is a document that shows what the National Weather Service would do (has done) to make their services better for the American public.

Wikipedia Article – for the layman

NWS Service Assessment for the Super Tuesday Outbreak – for the professional

#LAYERSSAVELIVES is a Shareable Message

Here is what we have learned, within the walls of WeatherCall.  #LAYERSSAVELIVES.  A simple concept, but when facing down nature’s most violent phenomena, this is a vital and life-saving concept.

  1. Get WeatherCall Now– a location precise severe weather notification service that CALLS YOU, getting your attention when app-noise and location specific information has never been more confusing. try.weathercall.net/signupnow
  2. NOAA Weather Radio – a county-wide warning, these devices key off the National Weather Service NOAA Weather Radio Network, and will alert you when a part of your entire county is under a threat.  This device creates what many customers perceive as over-warning, but are a good back-up to WeatherCall.
  3. Local Television – local television news stations are committed and supported by your business.  Most in tornado prone areas have meteorologists dedicated to providing good information.  This helps produce situational awareness, but not a storm specific warning for your specific location.  A good back-up.
  4. Outdoor Sirens – Where these exist in the nation, these are predominantly a county-wide warning, and are not reliable to be heard indoors or in a car.  These are also a good back-up for WeatherCall, but most people are not near a siren in this country.
  5. Paid Alerting App – The only app WeatherCall has found to be reliable in severe weather situations, and are reasonably location specific is iMap Weather Radio by WDT.  Do NOT count on a free app.  They are unreliable, non-specific, and will not get your attention when your life is in jeopardy!
  6. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) – These alerts are generated by the issuance of a National Weather Service tornado warning or flash flood warning (not for severe thunderstorm).  While these alerts will make your cell phone emit a noise, it will provide you a non-specific warning for an undefined area.  The messages give you just enough information to know very little.  But it is a good part of your back-up plan.

With these layers, WeatherCall is confident that when a dangerous storm approaches your specific location, you will not be surprised.  We cannot prevent the tornado’s arrival, but we can let you know it is coming, giving you time to find safe shelter, but only if you ACT.

-Brad Huffines, Chief Meteorologist, WeatherCall Services, bradh@weathercall.net

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