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NOAA’s National Weather Service to discuss central
U.S. severe weather threat

NWS Director to highlight life-saving tools deployed since last year’s outbreaks

April 12, 2012

Severe weather is expected in the central U.S. through this coming weekend, and tornadoes and large hail could be especially threatening on Saturday. This severe weather is expected in a region where the National Weather Service has already equipped many of its Doppler radars with Dual Polarization technology, which can better detect when and where tornadoes are on the ground. Parts of this region are also testing stronger “call-to-action” wording in tornado warnings to further help protect lives and create a more weather-ready nation.


Media briefing on severe weather expected in the central U.S., and steps the National Weather Service has taken since last year’s destructive tornado season.


Friday, April 13; 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET


  • Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s National Weather Service
  • Russ Schneider, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center


Please call 301-713-0622 for conference call information


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