Hail size change means fewer TV interruptions

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Next year, there will be fewer severe thunderstorm warnings because of how they're classified, weather and emergency services officials say.

The National Weather Service will increase the key hail size requirement for a thunderstorm to be considered severe from three-fourths of an inch in diameter to an inch Jan. 1.

"The bottom line is ... there will be fewer severe thunderstorm warnings and related disruptions," said Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker in an e-mail.

"And when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued, the storms will have the potential to cause damage and should be taken seriously."

According to studies conducted in the Midwest, a similar change in storm warning criteria reduced the number of severe thunderstorm warnings 5 percent, Mrs. Tucker said.

And according to field research, Mrs. Tucker said, it takes at least inch-size hail to cause structural damage.

A severe thunderstorm has one or more of: a tornado, hail at least three-fourths of an inch in diameter, wind gusts of at least 56 mph and heavy rain that leads to flash flooding.

The increase in the hail requirement could have another added benefit: fewer interruptions to TV shows.

"According to the National Weather Service, broadcast media outlets welcome the (warning) reduction," Mrs. Tucker said.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/28/09 - 04:26 am
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Thank goodness (and a

Thank goodness (and a concerted effort by the far left) for global warming. Fewer severe storms is fine with me.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/28/09 - 06:40 am
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How about coming on TV with

How about coming on TV with CONGRESSIONAL warnings to let us know of the threat of SEVERE damage to our country by the leftists that are seeking to destroy us now.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/28/09 - 06:50 am
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Baroness is going to have a

Baroness is going to have a fit if y'all decrease the warnings.

getalife
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getalife 11/28/09 - 08:05 am
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These so-called experts

These so-called experts cannot predict anything accurately. The local weathermen on TV news cannot even predict what the weather will be for sure tomorrow. An expert back in August said we were going to have a drought this fall and a winter with far-less rain, missed again. For the last several years experts have said we would have 12-15 tropical storms each year and they would be worst than other years?? I think God is still in control and none of us can predict what is to happen!!

agustinian
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agustinian 11/28/09 - 08:16 am
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Quit taking over the TV

Quit taking over the TV screen to announce another severe storm. Why can't you just use a running "banner" at the bottom of the screen with the appropriate warning. I feel like "Big Brother" is invading my home when I see "EAS" on the cable box. Please leave me alone! Show the banner, redirect viewers to another "All Emergency" channel if they want more info.

George Orwell is lovin' this stuff

Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 11/28/09 - 08:32 am
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Good ole Pam Tucker, never

Good ole Pam Tucker, never missing a chance to get in the paper, on tv, radio, a billboard, two cans with a string between them.....

worldhistory
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worldhistory 11/28/09 - 09:16 am
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Pam Tucker doesn't ask to be

Pam Tucker doesn't ask to be put in the media, she is just doing her job. Some people need to get a life instead of worring about nothing.

Pu239
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Pu239 11/28/09 - 11:33 pm
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Ahhhhh HAIL!
Unpublished

Ahhhhh HAIL!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/29/09 - 08:47 am
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Back in the old days, before

Back in the old days, before the severe weather alerts, people used common sense to get out of the rain and hail.

WW1949
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WW1949 11/29/09 - 09:55 am
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I love the hail

I love the hail

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