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 2023. 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 1031 UTC Saturday May 27 2023. (click image to embiggen)
The ten most recent TORFF overlapping warnings in 2023 are:ABQ issued TOR warning at: 202305262025 and FF warning at: 202305262032
DMX issued TOR warning at: 202305140026 and FF warning at: 202305140040
OAX issued TOR warning at: 202305122242 and FF warning at: 202305122258
LBF issued TOR warning at: 202305121933 and FF warning at: 202305121948
FWD issued TOR warning at: 202305120447 and FF warning at: 202305120439
FWD issued TOR warning at: 202305120110 and FF warning at: 202305120116
FWD issued TOR warning at: 202305120059 and FF warning at: 202305120116
GLD issued TOR warning at: 202305112115 and FF warning at: 202305112048
GLD issued TOR warning at: 202305112056 and FF warning at: 202305112048
SHV issued TOR warning at: 202305111254 and FF warning at: 202305111244
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.