NORMAN, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- Some of the research produced a scenario where the Elk City tornado from May 2017 was forecasted 90 minutes before it happened
- People at the Storm Prediction Center work year round to find ways to improve warning times
- This research could help out schools, emergency officials and people at home or work
While you are going over your severe weather plan, researchers at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma are working on finding ways to have earlier warning times for tornadoes.
Dr. Pamela Heinselman, with the National Severe Storms Lab, says that one project has been doing well with those earlier warning times.
Heinselman told FOX23 that on a day of active weather in the country, the computer could focus on a single geographical area and run scenarios much more often than the computers that are normally used by meteorologists at this time.
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