The Art of Storm Surveying: Leveraging New Datasets to Document the 12 June 2013 Tornadoes
This presentation focuses on how each source of information was critical to the success of the storm survey following the 12 June 2013 tornadoes. Whether it was the findings of the ground survey team, photos/videos shared online, satellite imagery, or radar data, each played a crucial part in mapping out these tracks. The Des Moines NWS office was one of the first WFOs to utilize the new Emergency Satellite Support program instituted by Central Region to quickly acquire the needed satellite data. Additionally, in what is believed to be a first within the NWS, the ground survey team photographed the damage from the air using a privately owned quadcopter piloted from the ground. The presentation also highlights how the survey results changed in the days, weeks, and even months following the event as new data were uncovered.