The July meeting of the Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter was held on the 18th in Gentry Auditorium on the Carson-Newman College campus in Jefferson City for a public presentation on the Super Tornado Outbreak of April 27, 2011. Before the presentation, around ten members met first for dinner at Ruby Tuesdays in Dandridge, and then afterwards around 100 people showed up for the presentation. Personnel from the National Weather Service in Morristown talked about the tornadoes from the April 27th Super Outbreak that occurred within the County Warning Area of the NWS Morristown office (east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and extreme southwest North Carolina). David Gaffin (senior forecaster) first talked about the meteorological conditions that made this event significant, David Hotz (Science and Operations Officer) and Tim Doyle (forecaster) talked about the radar imagery and warning operations, and then George Mathews (Meteorologist in Charge), Tim Troutman (Warning Coordination Mete orologist), and Howard Waldron (retired Warning Coordination Meteorologist) talked about the numerous surveys that were done afterwards to document and rate the tornadoes. The NWS's Warning Event Simulator (which simulates the computers used operationally at the NWS) was used to display data that was available to forecasters during the event. In addition, pictures and maps from the numerous tornado surveys were discussed.
This presentation was videotaped and displayed on the NWS Morristown webpage at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/?n=outbreak_presentation.---David Gaffin.
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