|Storm reports for the tornado outbreak in April 2011.|
The new, experimental system contains more information by retaining more from the listing of the report, including the source of the report, extending the remarks section to include all 500 characters, and whether the report magnitude was measured, estimated, or unknown. Also, will include LSRs related to winter weather.The map is larger and easier to read.
|Experimental storm report map for the tornado outbreak in April 2011|
|New winter weather storm report map|
Tabs at the top of the map allow you to display all reports, or just tornado reports. The individual reports are listed below the map.
So far there hasn't been much to look at related to severe weather this season. The Storm Prediction Center says that 2014 tornado activity through April 21 is estimated to be at a record low level. Through today there have been 85 severe thunderstorm watches and 84 tornado watches issued. In 2013 the corresponding numbers were 136 and 136. In 2011, when 465 EF-1+ tornadoes had been counted by this time there had been 184 tornado watches issued through April 22.
It's hard to say if or when our luck will hold out. The system forecast to move across the country later this week is likely to produce severe weather from the Central and Southern Plains east through the lower Mississippi River Valley over the weekend. Stay up-to-date on the weather at your local National Weather Service office web page or at the Storm prediction Center web site.
|Outlook outlining at a 30% or higher probability for severe thunderstorms within 25 miles of any point|
for Saturday, April 26 (D5) and Sunday, April 27 (D6).