Meteorologists meet to discuss improved severe weather response

Published: Nov. 9, 2015 at 8:45 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 8:45 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Several scientists and meteorologists from around the country gathered in the Rocket City Monday to talk about how they could better warn you of deadly tornadoes.

This is a planning meeting for the government-funded tornado research project called Vortex Southeast.

This spring, they'll work together to study severe weather in the southeastern United States.

Their goal is to create strategies for forecasting tornadoes specific to the Tennessee Valley and the rest of the Dixie Alley,a common name for tornado-prone areas of the Southeast.

"The situation is one where you have terrain, you've got a lot of trees, you've got a lot of tornadoes at night that are wrapped in rain and the visibility is poor and it's very difficult to see," said Steve Koch with NOAA.

BE PREPARED: Learn more about the work officials do to keep you safe - and how you can keep you and your family ready in advance of severe weather.

The team is also working to design new warning issuance plans to help you and your family better prepare before severe weather strikes.

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