In May of 2011, Joplin Missouri was hit by the deadliest single tornado since record keeping began in 1950. After that disaster, the National Weather Service evaluated their warning system and public response to it. That led to a more specific warning system that went into effect in Iowa on April 1. Today we hear from two Iowa National Weather Service meteorologists about the new “impact-based” warning system. We also listen back to our conversation last year with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski and his firsthand account of the Joplin tornado.
Tornados weren’t commonly called tornados until the early 20th century. Instead these violent storms were referred to as landspouts, whirlwinds or cyclones. Author Lee Sandlin talks to “Talk of Iowa” about his new book “Storm Kings” which details the history of a group of storm chasers from the 1800s who were instrumental in advancing the scientific understanding of tornados.
Severe weather experts from throughout the country will be at an annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Ankeny later this week. Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski who will give his firsthand account of last year’s massive tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Ben also talks with Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa about his experience broadcasting severe weather coverage during a violent outbreak of storms in April of last year. Finally, Ben talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Smith about