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Explorations: Forecasting the Parsons Company Tornado

The story of forecasting the Parsons Company tornado was based on the author’s joint interview with Chris Miller, Warning Coordination meteorologist, and Llyle Barker, Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Central Illinois Forecast Office, in Lincoln, Illinois.

Information from three research papers on the Forecast Office’s Case Studies and Local Research Web page also was used. The papers are:

The NWS Central Illinois Forecast Office also has a collection of photos and information about the tornado and the rebuilding of the factory. The NWS Storm Prediction Center’s role in the forecast is described. Current severe storm watches and outlooks are available on the center’s Web site.

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The AMS Weather Book:The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather
Jack Williams
With Forewords by Rick Anthes and Stephanie Abrams
©2009, 368 pages, 140 color plates, 70 halftones 8-1/2 x 10-7/8
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226898988

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