AccuWeather Predicts New Orleans Tornado Outbreak First

An unusual wintertime tornado struck New Orleans yesterday morning and AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, the world’s leading commercial weather source partnering with more than 240 of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, provided accurate information well in advance of the twister and well before other sources.

AccuWeather warned its clients of the impending tornado at 10:28am CST. Warnings were issued prior to the expected a touch down of the tornado to allow our clients to take protective measures.

AccuWeather predicted the damaging tornado would develop between 10:40am and 11:30am CST, depending on the client’s specific location relative to the tornado’s path. The official government tornado warning was not issued until 24 minutes after AccuWeather’s.

The tornado is believed to have touched down, based on government reports, at 11:25am CST. AccuWeather provided almost a full hour of advance warning.

“Your team was spot-on with their forecasts,” said Norris Yarbrough, Assistant Vice President of Emergency Preparations and Response for Tulane University, a client of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions that received the warning. Yarbrough has emergency preparedness responsibility for three campuses in the New Orleans metro area and received multiple updates and briefings from AccuWeather’s meteorologists as the storm moved through the city, keeping students, facility, and staff safe.

AccuWeather provides excellent advance warning of tornadoes using its exclusive SmartWarn® technology and meteorologists that are certified in the field of severe storm warnings.

SmartWarn is the most advanced weather forecast engine in the world. It focuses on business security and decision making, demonstrating AccuWeather's continued big weather data leadership and innovation, saving lives and property for enterprises and government agencies. With the most complete global real-time and historical weather data integrated into SmartWarn - including unique real-time datasets from around the world with exclusive observations, satellite, and radar platforms - the most robust database of forecast models, proprietary patented technology, and comprehensive validation results, AccuWeather is the most accurate weather company worldwide.

SmartWarn enables real-time pinpointed commercial weather forecasts, warnings, and alerts through its advanced proprietary technology, powering business-to-business services including site-specific AccuWeather SkyGuard® Localized Severe Weather Warnings. The experienced team of AccuWeather commercial meteorologists utilize SmartWarn to assess and issue customized mission-critical severe weather warnings and advise clients prior to severe weather events, saving lives and property by placing weather information into context for leading businesses worldwide.

AccuWeather SkyGuard Localized Severe Weather Warnings provide warnings with Superior Accuracy™ that protect people and property, saving lives and injuries in dangerous situations. Customized, precise site-specific notifications include snow, flood, hail, high winds, hurricanes, tornadoes, and much more. AccuWeather's most actionable and accurate warnings - including "Null Warnings" that let businesses and emergency managers know when geographically large National Weather Service warnings will not impact a specific location, and precisely pinpointing where they will impact - translate into life-saving actions and substantial savings for business and industry.

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