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Kevin D. Ash, Ronald L. Schumann III, and Gregg C. Bowser

1. Introduction Over the past century, annual U.S. tornado deaths have declined because of advancements in the monitoring and forecasting of meteorological phenomena, as well as the ability to disseminate warning information via multiple media platforms ( Ashley 2007 ; Simmons and Sutter 2005 , 2008 ). Yet, research from several recent tornado events suggests that even though warning messages are widely broadcast and received, the ways in which people interpret and act upon these warnings may

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Danielle E. Nagele and Joseph E. Trainor

1. Introduction In recent years, there have been continued improvements in the meteorological understanding of tornadoes, radar technologies, and severe weather forecasting. As a result, it is possible to more accurately predict the location and movement of tornadoes. These predictive advances have been, to varying degrees, translated into operational changes in warning systems. In particular, the National Weather Service (NWS) has placed attention on the geographic precision of tornado

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