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Uncover the mysteries of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms and learn about practical safety and preparedness measures with this authoritative compilation of up-to-date official documents. The seven chapters in this massive, thousand-page compilation report on everything about tornadoes and thunderstorms: Tornado Overview, Science, Meteorology - including Forecasting, Frequently Asked Questions, Research, the work of NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and Storm Prediction Center (SPC); Tornado Safety and Preparedness Measures - including Storm Shelters and Safe Rooms; Hail - Lightning -Flash Floods ; Storm Observation, Spotting, and Reporting; Historic Tornadoes, History of Forecasting; Building Performance Assessment: Oklahoma And Kansas Tornadoes 1999; Glossary; and Health And Medical Impacts of Disasters.

Some of the specific topics covered include: Tornado Basics; Supercells, Updrafts, Gustnadoes, Shear, Downdraft, Tornadogenesis, Rear Flank Downdraft, Waterspouts, Dry Line, Tornado Vortex Signature, Wedge Tornadoes, Rope Tornadoes, Condensation Funnel, Radar Evidence, Hook Echo, Wall Cloud, Beaver's Tail, Descriptions of Radar Hardware and Software, Watches and Warnings, F and EF Fujita damage estimate scales, Tornadoes from Hurricanes, Forecasting Techniques and Technology, Climatology and Data, Tornado Extremes, Research Efforts, VORTEX, Scientific References, SPC and its Products, Relationship Between El Nino, La Nina, And United States Tornado Activity, Preparedness Guide for Tornadoes, Lightning, and Thunderstorms, Disaster Plans, Mobile Home Danger, A Guide To Developing A Severe Weather Emergency Plan For Schools (And Businesses, Shopping Malls, Depots, Hotels, Hospitals); FEMA Residential Safe Rooms Background and Research; How to Prepare for a Tornado; What to Do Before, During and After; Inspecting the Damage; Emergency Care After a Natural Disaster; Storm Observation, Spotting and Reporting: Basic and Advanced Guides, Thunderstorm Life Cycle; Visual Indications of Updraft Strength and Organization, Tornadic Wall Cloud Characteristics; Reporting to NWS Criteria; Difference Between Spotting and Chasing; Historic Tornadoes and the History of Tornado Forecasting; The History of the First Successful Operational Tornado Forecast in March 1948 (a fascinating first-person account by the forecaster is included); A History of the Storm Prediction Center; the report of the 1999 FEMA Building Performance and Assessment Team which conducted a field investigation of the devastating outbreak in Oklahoma and Kansas, leading to building recommendations; a comprehensive Glossary providing detailed definitions of hundreds of specialized terms; the Health and Medical Impacts of Disasters with detailed information on emergency preparedness and response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - including wounds, insects, pets, diarrheal diseases, animals in public evacuation centers, preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency, preventing chain saw injuries during tree removal, released chemicals, cleaning with bleach, respiratory protection, mold and fungal contamination, personal protection, preventing injuries, emotional trauma, and much more.

This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management.

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