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Colorado tornado-trackers have eye on improving prediction rate

Bruce Finley
The Denver Post
A tornado forms near Elbert, Colo., about 40 miles southeast of Denver, on Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Dawn Key)
ALL | Dawn Key

BOULDER – For the next six weeks, 100 scientists and technicians will roam the prairie in an armored, radar-equipped armada, trying to improve the National Weather Service’s 70 percent false-alarm rate for tornado prediction.

They will try to understand why some violently rotating thunderstorms spawn tornadoes while others with the same characteristics do not, said Josh Wurman, director of the Boulder-based Center for Severe Weather Research, which runs this $12 million National Science Foundation-funded mission.

“The concern we have is that, with such a high false rate, people won’t take the precautions they should take. Sometimes, warnings are issued and people finish their dinners in McDonald’s instead of running



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