Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
1245 PM CDT FRI JUN 26 2015

...NUMEROUS FUNNEL CLOUDS OCCURRED OVER WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH
DAKOTA YESTERDAY...

NO FEWER THAN EIGHT FUNNEL CLOUDS WERE VISIBLE IN THE SKIES ABOVE
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA ON THURSDAY...JUNE 25...2015.

THE FUNNELS WERE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS BUT
WITH MUCH WEAKER STORMS. ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS WERE NOT
CONDUCIVE TO GETTING THESE FUNNELS TO THE GROUND...AND THIS WAS
VERIFIED THROUGH SPOTTER...LAW ENFORCMENT...AND PUBLIC REPORTS.
REPORTS WERE THAT THE FUNNELS WOULD COME OUT OF THE CLOUD...MAYBE
HALF WAY TO THE GROUND...AND RETREAT BACK INTO THE PARENT
THUNDERSTORM. EYE WITNESS AND PHOTO EVIDENCE SHOW THAT THE FUNNELS
WERE VERY SMALL.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTERS SHOWED RESTRAINT IN NOT
ISSUING TORNADO WARNINGS FOR THESE WEAK FUNNELS. SPECIAL WEATHER
STATEMENTS WERE POSTED CONCERNING THE FUNNELS SO THAT THE PUBLIC
WOULD BE AWARE AND ALERT. COMMUNICATING WITH SPOTTERS AND
MONITORING RADAR REVEALED THAT NOT ISSUING WARNINGS WAS THE
APPROPRIATE DECISION. LOCAL OFFICIALS...WHO SET OUTDOOR WARNING
SIREN POLICY...ALSO SHOWED RESTRAINT IN NOT ACTIVATING THOSE
OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS. DOING SO MAY HAVE UNNECESSARILY ALARMED
MANY PEOPLE. ALSO...HAD SIRENS BEEN ACTIVATED FOR EACH OF THE
FUNNELS IT MAY HAVE WORKED TO DESENSITIZE PEOPLE FOR FUTURE
RESPONSE...WHEN IT IS REALLY A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION.

WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...AND OUTDOOR WARNING
SIRENS...ALWAYS NEED TO BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY. YOUR LIFE COULD
DEPEND ON IT. DECIDING NOT TO WARN AND NOT TO ACTIVATE SIRENS IS
ALSO A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE WARNING AND DECISION MAKING
PROCESS.

$$

JP MARTIN
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NOAA-NWS BISMARCK
701-250-4495



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