Provide Real-time, Thunderstorm, & Tornado Warnings for all regions of the U.S. via the internet and have so for many years. We also provide a Thunderstorm Warnings Gadget and A Tornado Warning Gadget for Google Sites and Websites.
A Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when storm conditions meet a certain criteria. All Tornado Warnings issued could mean the difference between Life and Death! Please pay very close attention to them as they are issued!
A Tornado is one Of Mother Nature's Most Violent Offerings! Every year there are about one thousand tornadoes reported in the U.S.! There are some 80 human deaths and thousands of injuries.
Did you know that more injuries and deaths occur during a Tornado from flying objects?
When A Tornado Warning is issued, many people are injured or killed because they did nothing to protect themselves or their families!
Other names that are sometimes used to describe Tornadoes: Cyclone, Twister, Typhoon, Whirlwind, and Funnel.
States that are most often affected by Tornadoes: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, and Iowa.National Severe Storms Laboratory - Tornadoes
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There are many different types of tornadoes; there are multi-vortex tornadoes which have several funnels and most generally form during a very intense tornado. A Waterspout tornado is a full-blown tornado, but over water. Satellite tornadoes spawn from many larger tornadoes and tend to be much weaker.
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A Thunderstorm Warning and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are also issued by the National Weather Service. Our Systems provide all these warnings as they are issued.
Thunderstorm and Severe Thunderstorms can develop at anytime of the year! Keep yourself, family, and friends alert of a Thunderstorm Warnings! A Thunderstorm can be deadly to Humans and animals and cause havoc with electrical and electronic devices.
Thunderstorms are what help create Tornadoes, Lightning, Strong Winds, Hail, and can cause Flash Flooding. Lightning and Thunder from Thunderstorms result from the charge and discharge of electrical energy.
Air that rises then descends during a thunderstorm causes the positive and negative charges to separate producing a channel of positive charged air that heads towards objects that have a very good conductor to earth ground (trees are well rooted to earth ground). Next, negative energy from the object that has a good conductor to earth ground starts to move up towards the clouds producing lightning.
Depending on several factors, one being how well the actual object is tied to earth ground will depend on the magnitude of the lightning strike and how loud the thunder is.
The lightning is seen first, only at distances far from the actual strike, then the thunder is heard only because light travels faster than sound.
If you were close to the object that was just struck, then you would hear the thunder and see the lightning at the same time, which can be a very moving and scary event!
During the lightning strike so much energy is produced that all the hair on your body could stand straight up, and as mentioned above, electronic devices are destroyed by this energy!
One type of device that most always takes a big hit are land-line Telephone devices, why? Because the positive sides of all telephone lines are tied to earth ground at the Telephone Company Central Office, thus the closer you live to the Central Office equates to less resistance in telephone wire length, thus making your telephone line electrically closer to earth ground. The good news is, the Telephone industry has been getting better at protecting your telephone equipment both at the Central Office and outside of your house.
Our Engineers have designed hand-held devices that will actually tell you how far in distance you are from the current lightning strikes. In summary, always have great respect for A Thunderstorm!
We provide this Public Service is provided for the entire Nation free of charge. Our first Warning was issued in 1999 when we were hosted by CyberGate. In May of 2000 we decided to get our own domain name (broadcast-weather.net). Since that time, we have expanded the Tornado Warning & Thunderstorm Warnings to Gadgets, and Desktop Gadgets. Our Principle Engineer: Lawrence R. Hughes, Sr. has designed Lightning Simulators to test the effects of lightning strikes on Telephony Devices and Power Grids. Lawrence nicknamed these simulators: "Widow-Makers"! Lawrence was once struck by his own device while in the design phase which lifted him 7 feet into the air, leaving only his shoes still on the floor.
Written By: Lawrence R. Hughes, Sr. (Principle Engineer) for HughesTech