HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- It has been five years since the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. Several areas are still recovering from the tornadoes that hit Alabama that day. Madison County leaders are investing in research to help forecasters better predict and track tornadoes, that way, communities can be better prepared.
Madison County Commission donated $50,000 to severe weather research being done at the UAH SWIRLL building. Kevin Knupp is an Atmospheric Science Professor at UAH and says this money will greatly impact their research efforts.
"We know that strong tornadoes can be detected. What we don't know is how far is that detection valid and does it detect all tornadoes, weak ones to small ones," Knupp explains.
They hope that this funding will help them answer several questions surrounding severe weather. "If we are successful and it works like I think it will, it is going to lead to a routine way of mapping out where a tornado is in real-time," says Knupp. They hope this research impacts communities beyond north Alabama.