Bryan Rupp, meteorologist for KFDX in Wichita Falls, was in Olney on Monday, April 7, for a special tornado safety and information program at the Fort Belknap Electric Co-op community room. More than 50 local residents turned out to hear the presentation which focused on ways to spot dangerous storms, changes to the storm and tornado warning system and tornado safety tips.

For more than 16 years, Rupp has been working in the weather forecasting industry. He is a severe weather specialist, storm chaser and on-camera meteorologist for KFDX Channel 3 in Wichita Falls.

“It’s a brand new season, and there’s a new alert system they’re using,” Rupp said prior to starting his presentation with tornado spotting, and some tell-tale signs that a storm is moving into dangerous territory.

“One of the best things you can do is check the Storm Prediction Center outlook each morning,” he said. “Monday was considered an ‘Isolated Strong’ risk day, and that’s what we had.”

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“Up until this year, all tornadoes were treated the same,” he said, showing images of a thin “rope” tornado next to an image of the F5 tornado that destroyed Joplin, Mo. “Now different tornadoes are going to be treated differently.”

The meteorologist said it is important that all residents are able to visually recognize their county on weather maps at all times in order to have an idea of when warnings or watches apply.

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