Quicker twister warnings
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Feb 29, 2000
Technologies designed to improve tornado-warning times for Georgia citizens
are operating in three Atlanta locations.
The Severe Storms Research Center at Georgia Tech University was established
last spring after a recommendation from a governmental task force. The Georgia
Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the
Georgia General Assembly and a grant from Bell South Business Systems fund
Systems testing began in northern Georgia last week to coincide with the
state's Severe Weather Awareness Week, said GEMA director Gary McConnell.
"The work of this research center in studying Georgia-specific weather conditions
and exploring new technologies will have a major impact in reducing the
deaths and serious injuries caused by severe weather," McConnell said in
Three Warning Decision Support Systems funded by the SSRC, two at the Georgia
Tech Research Institute and the other at the Peachtree City National weather
Service office, are being used to determine if tornado recognition logic
can be better used to predict storms in the Southeast. The technology being
used includes: advanced image processing, artificial intelligence, as well
as Doppler radar data, which has increased warning times in the Great Plains
After the technology has been tested in the northern part of the state,
it will be exported to southern Georgia if money is available, SSRC director
Gene Greneker said.
"If we are successful, these technologies could complement the Doppler radars
operated by the National Weather Service," Greneker said in a release.