TORNADO Act Reintroduced in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON D.C. New technology would be used to increase lead times provided to the public in advance of severe weather events under a bill that has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is a co-sponsor of the TORNADO Act which would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to prepare and submit an action plan for the national implementation of high-resolution probabilistic guidance for tornado forecasting and prediction; encourage NOAA to evaluate the current tornado rating system and make updates; and direct NOAA to coordinate with appropriate entities when conducting post-storm assessments to optimize data collection, sharing and integration.

The bill was introduced in the aftermath of two violent tornado outbreaks which killed 57 people and injured nearly 400 others. In one violent tornado in the spring of 2022 that struck Rolling Fork, Mississippi the National Weather Service was only able to give a 20-minute warning.