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Mother's Day weekend tornado in Oklahoma and Missouri, May 10, 2008
  • Published Date:
    2009
Filetype[PDF - 1.55 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Weather Service,
  • Series:
    Service assessment
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    "Mother's Day Weekend, May 10-11, 2008, brought severe weather to many sections of the country. The greatest impact was in northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. A tornado, rated EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, moved southeast from the town of Picher, Oklahoma, into southwest Missouri. The tornado caused 21 fatalities. The areas affected by this tornado were covered by a tornado watch and multiple tornado warnings. The average lead time was longer than the goals established by the Government Performance and Results Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service mission is to provide weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. The National Weather Service formed a six-member service assessment team to evaluate its performance during this event. The team focused on the societal responses and impacts of this event. The team tried to determine why there were so many fatalities despite the timely watches and warnings that were issued by the National Weather Service"--Preface.

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