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Deadly Season: Analysis of the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks

by Kevin M Simmons and Daniel Sutter American Meteorological Society
Pub Date:
03/2012
ISBN:
9781878220257
Format:
Pbk 120 pages
Price:
AU$46.99 NZ$47.82
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In 2011, despite continued developments in forecasting, tracking, and warning technology, the United States was hit by the deadliest tornado season in decades. More than 1,200 tornadoes touched down, shattering communities and their safety nets, and killing more than 500 people and mdash;a death toll unmatched since 1953.Drawing on the unique analysis described in their first book, Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes, economists Kevin M. Simmons and Daniel Sutter here examine the factors that contributed to the outcomes of such tornadoes as the mid-April outbreak that devastated communities in North Carolina, the \u201cSuper Outbreak\u201d across the southern and eastern United States in late April, and the single, mile-wide funnel that touched down in Joplin, Missouri, among others, in late May. In the course of their study the authors identify patterns and anomalies, and reconsider previous assertions about the effectiveness of the Doppler radar and storm warning systems. Their conclusions, as well their assessment of early recovery efforts, are aimed at helping community leaders and policy-makers keep vulnerable populations safer in the future.
Kevin M. Simmons is the Corrigan Chair of Economics at Austin College and a former Fulbright Scholar, selected to work with the International Center for Geohazards in Oslo, Norway. Daniel Sutter is professor of economics at the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University.