Monitoring of concurrent, co-located tornado and flash flood (TORFF) warnings
Below is the most recent image showing overlapping tornado and flash flood warning polygons thus far in 2022. Warnings are shown if they overlap in space and are valid within 30 minutes of one another, calculated as described in Nielsen et al. (2015, Weather and Forecasting). The images are updated once per day at approximately 1045 UTC. The images are zoomed in on the region where overlapping TORFF warnings are most frequently observed.Images last updated 1423 UTC Monday August 8 2022. (click image to embiggen)
The ten most recent TORFF overlapping warnings in 2022 are:LWX issued TOR warning at: 202208042225 and FF warning at: 202208042204
DLH issued TOR warning at: 202208030231 and FF warning at: 202208030247
AKQ issued TOR warning at: 202207162026 and FF warning at: 202207162050
BIS issued TOR warning at: 202206242056 and FF warning at: 202206242113
ICT issued TOR warning at: 202206232241 and FF warning at: 202206232235
LWX issued TOR warning at: 202206162225 and FF warning at: 202206162250
ICT issued TOR warning at: 202206160217 and FF warning at: 202206160229
TOP issued TOR warning at: 202206160055 and FF warning at: 202206160123
DVN issued TOR warning at: 202206120237 and FF warning at: 202206120301
OAX issued TOR warning at: 202206112213 and FF warning at: 202206112236
Download the text file with the details of this year's overlapping warnings.
All TORFF Warning Intersections (n=4173) from 2008-2019:
Map of "Verified" TORFF Events from 2003-2018:
"Verified" TORFF events are identified by finding intersections between flash flood local storm reports (LSRs) and official tornado paths that were reported within three hours of one another, allowing for up to a 50 km spacing between the two. Five different spacing thresholds are tested from 10 km to 50 km, where the 10 km (50 km) spacing creates the most (least) conservative event totals. Between 25 and 75 "verified" TORFF events occur on average per year, depending on spatial threshold chosen. Discussion of the specific methods can be found in Nielsen (2019) and Henderson et al. (2020, Weather and Forecasting).
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TORFF Warning Intersections for Select U.S. Tropical Cyclones:Select a Storm:
This research is sponsored by NOAA grant NA15OAR4590233, in support of the 2016 VORTEX-SE field campaign.