87th AMS Annual Meeting

Thursday, 18 January 2007: 12:00 PM
Development prospects are good
205 (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather Inc., State College, PA
If a hurricane center is 275 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras NC, how far is it from me? If high tide is in a half hour and I have no flooding, how much do I have to worry? When a tornado warning and flood warning are issued for the same locations, how do people heed the advice to head for the basement and head for higher ground? If a hurricane's top winds are 115 mph, and the storm is heading north at 20 mph, how strong are the highest winds on the east side of the storm? If a hurricane is 500 miles away and is heading straight toward you at 25 mph, when will the weather turn dangerous? Is there a better term than remnants or remains for describing storms that no longer qualify as tropical storms based on wind speed? How do we express differential uncertainty to the public (sometimes we are more certain about tracks and speeds than at other times)? What radar, satellite and model graphics are best when you are doing radio reports? What do people think when you say conditions for development are good or favorable? How do you handle e-mailers who think their typing skills give them license to say any mean thing they want? Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways? Why does Hawaii have interstate highways. Some of these questions will be answered and discussed in this presentation. That's it for now. Blog at 11.

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