The maximum DI wind speed (e.g., 144 mph) per 0.5 degree radar scan was binned to wind speed ranges (e.g., 140–154 mph) rather than its EF-scale rating (i.e., EF3). Minimum wind speed probabilities (e.g., 140+ mph) for tornadoes were derived similarly to minimum EF-scale probabilities (e.g., EF3+) in recent work by Smith et al. (2015). This presentation will compare tornadic wind speed probabilities that provide greater resolution than the current EF-scale ratings.
In addition, near-storm environmental information from the SPC mesoanalysis archive was examined for EF3–5 tornadoes with path lengths ≥40 km (25 mi). The presentation will articulate a vision to prompt new collaborative applied research for tornadoes, and the potential to exploit storm-scale numerical modeling simulations will be briefly discussed.