Thursday at 10: NWS responds to lack of tornado warnings during severe weather


This Taking Action Special Report airs Thursday, July 22, 2015 at 10 p.m. on WHNT News 19

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- National Weather Service damage assessment teams found six tornado paths following severe storms in the Tennessee Valley Tuesday, July 14.

Two tornadoes touched down in Colbert County, where no severe thunderstorm or tornado warning was issued before the storm.

Many of you have reached out to WHNT News 19 asking why no warning was issued in Colbert County, and why severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in other counties where tornadoes occurred.

We are taking your questions about warnings directly to the organization that issues them.

Chris Darden, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville, spoke candidly about last Tuesday's severe weather event. "Colbert County was a miss-- there's no doubt about it," he said.

Does it really matter if what blew a tree down was 75 mile per hour straight-lined winds or a weak tornado? If the NWS can aggressively track down even the shortest tornado paths after the storms hit, why can't they warn for them?

Darden addresses these questions and told us what the NWS learned and what they need to improve on in a Taking Action Special Report, airing at 10 p.m. Thursday.

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