2011 was one for the record books. See how NOAA science and forecasts played a role
The tornado outbreaks of 2011 were unprecedented. Destruction to life and property occurred in more than a dozen states from the Central Plains and Missouri, throughout the Southeast and as far north as Massachusetts. In total, 1,691 tornadoes claimed 553 lives, making it the deadliest tornado year since 1936.
NOAA forecasters are on the job monitoring, predicting and warning for severe weather 24 hours a day every day of the year. Explore, in pictures, how NOAA forecasts severe storms, warns the public, cracks mysteries behind why tornadoes form, and built a program to make families and businesses “storm ready.”
2011 to today
Despite timely and accurate forecasts, too many lives have been lost or irrevocably harmed from extreme weather events such as tornadoes. Born out of this tragedy came a renewed commitment to build a nation more prepared for imminent natural disasters, resilient to future change, with a NOAA National Weather Service second to none. Communities, businesses, and homes across America are taking part in NOAA’s Weather Ready Nationinitiative. Learn how your workplace or school can become an Weather Ready Nation Ambassador.