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Indiana is blessed with a truly incredible weather community. Please understand that I’m not just throwing around the word “community” lightly here. The relationships that have stemmed from one single common trait, the love of weather, have simply blown me away. I can’t tell you how many conversations started years ago, based solely on a snowstorm, tornado outbreak, arctic blast, flood, heat wave, etc. that have now blossomed into a full blown friendship. Please know that the interactions, whether it be face-to-face, or via social media mean more than you know. They’re truly treasured.
The post this evening is filled with emotion. On one hand, I find it downright incredible that we’re not hearing of a loss of life or widespread severe injuries this evening. Cutting right to the heart of the matter, you don’t need me to tell you this was a bonafide tornado outbreak across Indiana this evening. When the surveys are in, I’m sure they’ll only reaffirm the fact of multiple, significant tornadoes that touched down across the great Hoosier state. 8.24.16 will be remembered for a long, long time. We have improved technology to thank for the lack of injuries and loss of life, but, more importantly, an incredibly talented weather community communicating information at warp speed with one single goal in mind- saving lives.
I say that to get to this point: we have to get better. On a day where multiple, violent tornadoes touched down across our state, there’s no reason we should’ve only been in a “Marginal” risk of severe weather. I say that not to be critical, but to simply face a fact and urge the entire meteorological community to continue pushing for more- each and every day. Looking in the mirror, myself, I should’ve taken a deeper dive into the set-up and dynamics in play early this morning. I begin sifting through data around 5a each and every morning and post various information on our social media accounts and here at IndyWx.com. Today, that wasn’t enough. End of the story.
In the past couple of months, significant tornadoes have touched down across central IN when, in all actuality, the environment at play was less than even close to being “textbook” to spawning such events. The issue at hand is multi-faceted and requires a great deal of work continuing to improve modeling, but also communication. Tireless work is required. Data has to improve, but so does communication.
Understand that I’m not placing blame on any one, or any organization, but simply urging each and every one of us to continue pushing for more. It’s not okay to have multiple, violent tornadoes touch down in our forecast area with a “Marginal” risk of severe weather the morning of the event. IndyWx.com had mention of “strong to severe” storm potential in this morning’s discussion. That’s not acceptable given the events that played out today. WE have to get better and improve the ultra-fine line of preparing the public of the potential without crossing the line of panic. Please know, at the end of the day, my promise to each and every single viewer of IndyWx.com is that’s exactly what we will strive to do.
At the end of the day, only God knows what the future holds. It’s incredibly peaceful knowing that. With that said, it can’t stop us from trying to maximize our time on this earth continuing to strive for better warning of looming storms and reaching for even more lead time when it comes to saving lives.
** IndyWx.com specializes in medium and long-term forecast information and discussions, and should never be used as a sole provider of warning information. Please refer to the National Weather Service for up to the second warning information.