Weather radios now required for Indiana mobile homes

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:36 PM GMT on April 27, 2007

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Mobile homes sold in the state of Indiana after June 30 this year must come equipped with a weather radio capable of alerting residents of an approaching tornado, thanks to a law signed by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels this week. The legislation, dubbed "C.J.'s Law", was named after 2-year old C.J. Martin, who died in a F3 tornado that killed 25 people in southwestern Indiana on November 6, 2005. Twenty of the victims lived in the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in Evansville. The storm hit at 2am, when many residents were asleep and didn't hear the tornado sirens. C.J.'s mother, Kathryn Martin, pushed lawmakers to adopt the bill, pointing out that weather radios with a tone alert system could have saved many lives in the mobile home park.

This type of law makes great sense for mobile homes sold in tornado alley--think of it as a companion to your smoke detector in the house. Mobile home residents make up just 7% of the U.S. population, but account for 40% of the deaths in tornadoes. However, there are a number of issues that may make the law ineffective. Firstly, what type of weather radio will be purchased? There are many poor quality units out there, prone to radio interference, and difficult to program (weather radios require the user to input a special SAME code, needed to issue tone alerts when a tornado warning is issued). Secondly, the NWS sends out weekly or monthly test alerts on weather radio--how many mobile home owners will simply turn off their weather radios because they are sick of hearing the regular tests? Or turn them off after a few false alarms wake them up in the middle of the night for tornadoes that appear on Doppler radar, but never touch down? Thirdly, once the residents of a mobile home park are awakened by an alert, where do they go? Indiana, like most states, has no law requiring mobile home parks to have a tornado shelter. However, there is now Federal money available for mobile home parks to construct tornado shelters, so the number of parks with shelters may increase in coming years. In summary, the law has the potential to save lives--but only if it is properly enacted.


Figure 1. Damage to C.J. Martin's mobile home park near Evansville, Indiana due to the November 6, 2005 tornado. Image credit: Paducah, KY NWS.

Jeff Masters

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A close-up of the damage to the apartments, horse stalls, and other objects. People cleaning up debris in photo.
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317. Levi32
6:34 AM AKDT on April 30, 2007
Morning guys :)

That blob is convection generated by a surface trough in the area. There is NO surface circulation if you look on the visible loop.

Posted By: StoryOfTheCane at 2:58 AM AKDT on April 30, 2007.
these troughs are barely phasing the High, definitely not going to have a repeat of last year.


SOTC if you don't mind I need to clear something up. That surface map you have there shows nothing that we want to know. If you're looking for troughs and ridges that will steer hurricanes this year, look at the upper air maps, not the surface. That high that you guys are saying extends all the way across the Atlantic doesn't matter at all because it's the high in the upper atmosphere that matters.

Here's a link to a northern hemisphere 500mb map if you want to see it. Link

Anyway, if you want to find troughs and ridges that will affect hurricanes look either on a map like the one I gave you or the initial images of model runs. The surface map tells us nothing.
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316. thelmores
2:42 PM GMT on April 30, 2007
got the image here.....

http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/

love those interactive views! :)
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315. chessrascal
1:56 PM GMT on April 30, 2007
lol

notice that low over Texas and the blob off of honduras
314. chessrascal
1:54 PM GMT on April 30, 2007
Thelmores where did u get that zoomed in imagery
313. thelmores
12:54 PM GMT on April 30, 2007
morning all! :)

looks like a mini-blob off of Honduras/ Nicaragua........

maybe an old frontal boundary?



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311. Thundercloud01221991
11:02 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Come see my blog
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310. StoryOfTheCane
10:57 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
these troughs are barely phasing the High, definitely not going to have a repeat of last year.

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309. StoryOfTheCane
10:45 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
might be seeing the first Pacific storm soon.



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308. V26R
7:32 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Amazing amounts of Lightning for this time of night

Link
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307. Barefootontherocks
7:02 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Let's hope they've all got weather radios.
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305. V26R
5:23 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Morning Taz, isn't that the infamous eddie that spawned something that creamed FLA not too long ago?
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303. V26R
4:54 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Sure wish the Mexicans would put up some radar sites in that area to watch for the big boomers that form down that way
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302. V26R
4:48 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
444 the wind shear over that part of the Atlantic is still way too high for anything to form that comes off thr African coast right now
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301. V26R
4:45 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
There was a TVS associated with the F0
marking
also saw it from another site, just didn't post the other site
That TVS associated with the F0 marking has disappated abit
Mike
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299. louisianaboy444
4:11 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
If one of these strong impulses comes off the African coast pretty strongly there is a pocket of nice hot water right off the african coast do you think maybe...just maybe...if one of these storms hits that hot pocket of water that something could go down
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298. louisianaboy444
4:09 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
is it just me or all these factors such as impulses coming off the african coast and sst are unusually heightened for this time of year?
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297. louisianaboy444
4:00 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
texas is getting it but i dont think we going to get it here in South Louisiana looks like that weathermaker is weakening before arriving here
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296. V26R
4:03 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Del Rio now showing a F0 Tornado on the ground
just North of Eagle Pass, Tx

Link
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295. V26R
4:02 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Looka Like Eagle Pass, Texas has gotten Mother Nature Mad again

Link
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294. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:51 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
something wicked this way comes tornadic event high risk poss f3 for sou central and nor central texas radar showing some good sign at this time
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293. hurricanecrab
3:27 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Hey Kman.... you watching already? SSTs off the Rock are 86+ already. Hi all
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292. jake436
9:25 PM CST on April 29, 2007
Take a look at the radar out of Del Rio, TX. Eagle Pass is in the crosshairs yet again...pray for them.

Link
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291. V26R
3:05 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Question for the crew who may be familiar with Covents and deed restrictions,
What happens if those trialer parks are on the fringe areas of the WX service radio coverage
and require an outdoor antenna, and that same
Trailer Park has these restrictions on outdoor antennas, Has the Indianna State Legislators thought this into this new law? Anyone Know?
Mike
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290. TheCaneWhisperer
10:28 PM EDT on April 29, 2007
Evening SJ! SFL is supposed to be kicking into our summer pattern this week, according to the locals. If it lasts, it would be early! Usually we don't see this until the 2nd week of may or early June!
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289. StormJunkie
2:25 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Evening TCW. Good point about June/July storms
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288. TheCaneWhisperer
10:11 PM EDT on April 29, 2007
Posted By: hurricane23 at 6:27 PM EDT on April 29, 2007.
Quite times may continue till mid july if the current trend continues.One main reason iam looking at is the strong tutt that is located over the central and eastern atlantic currently.Also i would like to add there is currently 40-50kt shear across most of eastern atalntic from the african coast to parts of the caribbean.I think the main factor here that might hold off any early development will be the tutt being well established as it is.Things can change but the way i see it things we might be shapeing up for a slow start.Adrian

Also quick note i dont see any progress towards La nina from looking at the sub-surface.Iam not 100% sold on any nina taking shape this summer.


I agree with the shear and a July(More Normal) start, although, most pre-season or early season storms form in the West Caribbian and Gulf of Mexico! CATL and East Atlantic won't come into play until late July or Early August!
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287. StormJunkie
2:22 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
What's up BT, good to see ya!
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286. HurricaneRoman
2:18 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
wow that is impressive ..... well im off goodnight
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285. kmanislander
2:11 AM GMT on April 30, 2007


Very impressive for so early in the year
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284. TheCaneWhisperer
9:50 PM EDT on April 29, 2007
Posted By: Dakster at 3:31 PM EDT on April 29, 2007.
Ligthning10,

From your lips to god's ears on the slow season. Although, a "slow" season where I get hit with one hurricane, is still a bad year for me.

I see that as proenza states, we are learning, since Hurricane preparedness week is a little earlier now in May instead of June. I remember the hurricane preparedness fair in 2005. The first storm was threatening before the fair...

About South Florida, no rain in sight, drought, fires, and water restrictions... Blame the SFWMD (South Florida Water Management District). Apparently they decided last year to release billions of gallons of water out of Lake Okeechobe becuase it was supposed to be an acive season and they worried about flooding. I know hindsight is 20/20, but they did this in 2000/2001 the last round of water restrictions. The same forecast, the same thing happened. Granted, this is better than the Dikes failing along the Lake, but you'd hope they wouldn't drop the Lake like in 2000. I won't second guess the experts, but someone has to come up with a better way to do this. Instead of dike failure, we may lose our potable water supply which could be just as devastating as the Dike failures. Today's Miami Herald had a nice article about it.

So if the Hurricane Gods are listening, NO HURRICANES, but feel free to send a bunch of rain our way.



Hindsight is 20/20 Dak! Personally, I think they made the right move! Ernesto, a weak little storm that passed over us, directly over Lake O. Had Ernesto not stayed over Cuba so long, it would have been a much more powerful storm, as forcast. Had Ernesto been a more formidable Hurricane, and lake levels were left where they were, it would have devastated the area and our water supply. Alot of people were very wrong about last year! In the situation, I think the SFWMD made the right move!
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283. Bamatracker
1:16 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
evening everyone!
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282. StormJunkie
1:15 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Welcome aboard rts
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281. Hellsniper223
1:11 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Please... No global warming debates... They're all the same.
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280. kmanislander
12:10 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
Hi Storms

Kinda quiet now on the blog. I guess the posters have exhausted all the pre season topics like global warmimg LOL
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279. ridesthestorms
12:05 AM GMT on April 30, 2007
hello everyone
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277. StormJunkie
10:47 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
Evening All!

How's it going cowboy, been awhile!
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276. kmanislander
10:43 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
gotta run for a bit

bbl
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275. kmanislander
10:41 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
moonlightcowboy

here is a good explanation of TUTT

Link
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274. kmanislander
10:39 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
You're welcome
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273. moonlightcowboy
10:37 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
Thanks, kman!!!
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272. kmanislander
10:36 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
Tropical Upper Tropospheric trough ( TUTT )
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271. kmanislander
10:26 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
Stormpetrol

Small world, I also live in South Sound !
I agree the wind pattern this year has been very strange. Mostly out of the NE around 20 mph or more for about 4 months. Recently, they switched to S or SE bringing very hot and extremely dry conditions. Low tide in South Sound is not unusual this time of year though

What I am paying attention to is how the high pressure ridge sets up in the Atlantic once the season starts and shear levels. This week the high looked exactly like 2004 Sept when we got Ivan, stretching all the way across the ATL. However it is too soon IMO to draw any firm conclusions.


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270. moonlightcowboy
10:32 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
...I've been on here a few times, and until today, haven't seen the word "tutt" before...wasn't he an Egyptian king? WTH is a tutt? (please, and thanks!)
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269. Dakster
10:19 PM GMT on April 29, 2007
Why did the type go to Red all of a sudden?

Lousianaboy,

Part of it is "wishcasting", part of it is that everone is looking at environmental conditions and seeing waves that could normally develop if conditions were more favorable. Part of it is anxiety since we are getting close to the official start of hurricane season.

I'm not putting anyone down, it is the people that have the excitement and entusiasm for these storms that make this blog interesting to read. (I read it all year long). It keeps the NHC and meteologists in check. I enjoy the technical discussions here, which are better than any newscast I've ever seen. Dr. masters has a lot to do with it, since he has a lot of first hand experience.

BTW, historically storms have formed out the "season" months of June - November. So it wouldn't be a record if a TS formed in May..
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268. hurricane23
6:26 PM EDT on April 29, 2007
Quite times may continue till mid july if the current trend continues.One main reason iam looking at is the strong tutt that is located over the central and eastern atlantic currently.Also i would like to add there is currently 40-50kt shear across most of eastern atalntic from the african coast to parts of the caribbean.I think the main factor here that might hold off any early development will be the tutt being well established as it is.Things can change but the way i see it things we might be shapeing up for a slow start.Adrian

Also quick note i dont see any progress towards La nina from looking at the sub-surface.Iam not 100% sold on any nina taking shape this summer.
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267. hurricane23
6:24 PM EDT on April 29, 2007
No hint of any kind of circulation especially at the surface.Maybe possible in the next 4-5 weeks.
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