CRS Report on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

New report ( 26 pp.) by the Congressional Research Service on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the U.S.: CRS on Storms May 2013. CRS Report # R40097.  The report addresses 3 issues: (1) forecasting and issuing warnings for several thunderstorms and tornadoes; (2) the role of mitigation; and (3) the effect of climate change.

Thanks to Bill Cumming for bringing this report to my attention.

3 thoughts on “CRS Report on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

  1. The CRS Report on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes is definitely worth a close look.This report is an in-depth analysis, which however, misses a very important concept almost entirely. The Report correctly notes that zoning and building codes can play a significant role in developing resilient communities, it indicates that these “are …are traditionally state and local issues and not congressional concerns per se.”

    I would suggest that the federal government provides extensive appropriated and unappropriated funds to support development of schools, infrastructure, homes and many other forms of development and re-development. Such support is especially evident following disasters. David Conrad and I wrote a paper published by the Brookings Institute which, in essence, suggests that the federal government can save billions of dollars in expenditures by conditioning all forms of federal assistance on that assistance being used to build safely and properly. Schools in Tornado Alley without safe rooms, and homes in tornado alley not built to modern building code standards are but two examples of construction which the federal government has no business supporting through either direct appropriation or through unappropriated funding through the tax code.

    The Conrad Thomas paper, and 14 other ways to save billions for the federal taxpayer is available at:
    A short summary of the Conrad Thomas paper itself is available at:

    I would suggest that Congressional thinking must be directed towards using all federal expenditures in such a manner that tragedies, misery, suffering and federal expenditures are reduced through more resilient development practices.

    Ed Thomas
    President, National Emergency Management Association

      • Yes; i do plan to do that as well as bringing this Report to the attention of: NHMA members and blog followers; and the NHMA Tornadoes and High Winds Task Force for further review/analysis/follow-up.

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