NORMAN, OK. ---- The new severe weather products we are working on are completely revolutionary, and will change the way we communicate and warn of severe weather.
This project has been in the works for several years and is in the testing phase. It's called PHI
Probabilistic Hazard Information.
"Aubrey has come as a broadcast participant to hep us experiment with that data, and give us feedback on what works, and what doesn't work about what we're trying to develop here.
Researchers want to know how I make decisions ahead of severe weather, and how I would communicate the risk.
The goal, to give you more information.
This is what you see now if a severe thunderstorm warning, or tornado warning is issued. A polygon of the area where that danger is or where it could be.
But this is what it could look like with these new products.
An outline of the area with the greatest potential of severe weather, and plume outline of the direction the severe weather is headed.
Not only are we working on new ways to communicate the hazard but we also are receiving more and better information on the weather hazard. If it's frequent lightning, or wind gusts.
How confident we are that this severe weather is happening?
How do we best show you where the greatest weather threat is, and where it's headed?
Or for example, if I am watching a storm that has a 30% chance of forming a tornado, and then increases to a 60% chance. How probable is it that the storm will continue to intensify?
"We know that people have different thresholds for their needs. At schools and hospitals, they might need to take shelter sooner than people who have a basement in a home. So we want to give them more information to make the decisions they need to make."
There is still a lot of testing to be done, but I am excited about the changes that will be in the future.
There still needs to be more studies and testing, but the future of severe weather warnings is coming soon.