TAUNTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The goal of the 22News Storm Team and the National Weather Service is to get weather information to you to help keep you safe, but we can always improve.
National Weather Service and television Meteorologists from southern New England met in Taunton, Massachusetts on Tuesday to work on relaying important weather information as clearly as possible.
“By working together we’re able to communicate amongst each other and that way we’re able to get the best communication out to the public as well,” said Stephanie Dunten a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service
We discussed new ways we can warn the public during hurricanes or tornadoes, we looked back at difficult forecasts and examined the importance of social media which can help or hurt our ability to get accurate information out.
“Everybody can just tweet or share it out via Facebook or Twitter and what happens is this multitude of information really creates a mixed message,” said Benjamin Sipprell, a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
It’s at the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts that all of the weather watches, warnings and advisories for the Pioneer Valley get issued.
It’s also where our closest Doppler Radar is operated, one of three radars that cover western Massachusetts.
Not being that close to any one radar can make tornado detection difficult.
“All the surrounding radars are tending to be overshooting for the height, we don’t see the lower part of the storm, we see a circulation that’s indicative of a potential tornado development,” said Bob Thompson who is the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
In the often confusing science of meteorology, the better we can communicate forecast uncertainty, the safer you’ll be.
This Thursday evening in Huntington, the National Weather Service will be offering a Skywarn Storm Spotter training class. Click here for more information.