April 2011 Tornadoes
A "Particularly Dangerous Situation"

Harold Brooks, Ph.D.
Research Meteorologist
Head of Modeling, Observation, and Analysis Team
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), NOAA

May 11, 2011

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Related Websites:
NOAA April 2011 Tornado Information
YouTube Interview
National Severe Storms Laboratory
Storm Prediction Center
April 27-28 Summary

25 Ratings Submitted
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"I live in South Alabama and appreciate the efforts you go to to help educate. This was a very informative topic. Thank you all."

"Superb presentation. I'm familiar with this topic, but felt Harold just heaped on great information in an understandable and organizaed way. More on tornados would be appreciated!"

"Excellent overview of the tools and methodologies used in assessing the potential strength and formation of tornadoes. The presenter brought technical data down to a layman's level of understanding."

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Laurie Hippensteel
Kansas City VA

"Loved learning about the new technology and it was interesting hearing the speaker discuss tornado issues related to warnings and how the public percieves them."
Ed McDonough
Maryland EMA

"Great presentation and graphics."
Budd Johnson

"Excellent presentation!"
James A. Eberwine
Retired NWS

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Dr. Brooks is a research meteorologist and Head of the Modeling, Observation, and Analysis Team at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. He grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri. As an undergraduate, he majored in physics and math at William Jewell College, with a year at the University of Cambridge studying Archaeology and Anthropology. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from Columbia University. After graduating from Illinois, he was a National Research Council Research Associate at NSSL and joined the permanent staff there in 1992.

During his career, his work has focused on why, when, and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are, and on how to evaluate weather forecasts. In 2002, he received the United States Department of Commerce's Silver Medal for his work on the distribution of severe thunderstorms in the United States and, in 2007, he received the NOAA Administrator's Award for work on extreme weather and climate change.

He has been Co-Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society's journal, Weather and Forecasting, and was a member of the World Meteorological Organization's Joint Working Group on Verification from 2000-2009, and is currently on the steering committee of the European Conference on Severe Storms. In 2011, he was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.