22 Years Later, We Won’t Forget That Huntsville Tornado
It was the afternoon drive on November 15, 1989, as traffic backed up on Airport Road. Unbeknownst to those sitting in their cars while facing east, an F-4 Huntsville tornado was bearing down on them. Residents of South Huntsville along with owners and their employees were facing another business as usual day on a day that just felt eerie.
November was not supposed to be that warm, sticky, breezy. Thousands who left for work that afternoon remember the air just felt funny.
The weather warning industry still had a LONG way to go. Doppler Radars were just being installed around the country. The National Weather Service did not have the warning technology they have today.
And there it was. A “Severe Thunderstorm Warning” that included much of Madison County, in the midst of a Huntsville Tornado Watch. But for all who remember being near Airport Rd. that day, it was a storm that came without warning.
21 souls lost. 500+ injured. Hundreds of thousands of nerves made forever sensitive. And thanks to the hundreds of our friends and families either killed, injured, or rattled by the tornadoes of April 27, the would will never close, as another opens.
Every time North Alabama residents hear the voice on the other end of their WeatherCall regarding a potential Huntsville tornado, pulses race…
…a Tornado Warning for your immediate area. The sirens whine, and that old familiar feeling in the pit of your stomach starts again.
Today we remember, but today we must also act. Since that day, the National Weather Service has not missed a tornado of that magnitude thanks to amazing warning technology. The warnings are better than ever before, though in many cases, more frequent because of that very technology. The weather vendors around the nation are clamoring for the pocket books of any company willing look ahead to the next tornado disaster, frequently over-charging for their services, driving thousands of companies who want protection out of of the marketplace.
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Thanks to the NWS technology, WeatherCall, and modern communications devices, larger tornadoes will seldom surprise again. So the next time a Tennessee Valley or Huntsville tornado threatens, and they will… you will be prepared, and with a storm shelter, you will have a place to go.
Remain Safe by Planning to BE Safe.
Brad Huffines, Meteorologist, WeatherCall National Notification Consultant, FEMA EMI Contract Instructor