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National Weather Service Outage Causes Delays in Tornado Alerts Across the Midwest

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A network outage at the National Weather Service disrupted radar systems and forecast offices’ ability to issue tornado and severe thunderstorm alerts in the Midwest early Tuesday, impacting multiple states including Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky.

The outage lasted over four hours, causing intermittent disruptions at many of the 122 National Weather Service offices across the region. This made it challenging for meteorologists to monitor weather conditions and issue timely warnings to the public.

According to Daryl Herzmann, who manages the Iowa Environmental Mesonet, approximately 50 tornado and thunderstorm warnings were needed during the outage period, underscoring the severity of the situation.

The operations returned to normal around 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time after the National Weather Service transferred network services from a data center in College Park, Md., to one in Boulder, Colo. The agency is collaborating with an information technology vendor to investigate the root cause of the outage, as confirmed by Susan Buchanan.

While network issues are not uncommon, this particular outage was especially impactful, leading to confusion and delays in issuing crucial weather warnings. Meteorologists in the Midwest were left without vital information, resulting in late or missed severe-weather alerts.

At times, the outages caused duplicative and delayed warnings. For instance, the National Weather Service‘s St. Louis office was unable to issue two tornado warnings, prompting the Kansas City office to step in. When the systems at the St. Louis office resumed operation, the warnings were sent out once again, creating confusion.

During this disruption, broadcast meteorologists like Jacob Dickey from WCIA in Illinois had to rely on hand-drawn maps of tornado warning areas provided by the National Weather Service‘s St. Louis office due to the electronic communication breakdown.

Rachel Adams

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