policy statement Tornado Forecasting and Warning A Policy Statement of the American Meteorological Society as adopted by the Council on 13 January 1991 1. Introduction The National Weather Service (NWS) has been The prediction, detection, and monitoring of torna- given a legislated mandate to provide the public with does is on e of the most important services provided by tornado forecast and warning information. However, the meteorological profession. The timely issuance of the success of the forecast and warning system also warnings and dissemination of information are critical hinges on the active cooperation of many diverse to the protection of life and property throughout large groups within the public and private sectors, including portions of the country. It has become well established the media, private forecasters, amateur radio opera- that tornado deaths over the latter half of this century tors, storm spotters, and local authorities (e.g., police, have declined considerably, due, to a large degree, to fire, and civil-defense workers), wh o play a critical role the advent of the current tornado forecast and warning in obtaining and disseminating the warning informa- system. This summary is intended to review for the tion. It also hinges on the ability of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1991
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