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Spatial and temporal analysis of the 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak in Central Alabama

  • Whitney Flynn
  • Tanveer Islam
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Abstract

This study investigates the spatial and temporal patterns of the 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak in Central Alabama. Disasters, and vulnerabilities to such events, vary across space and time. The 2011 Super Outbreak was the largest, most costly, and one of the most deadly tornado outbreaks ever recorded in U.S. history. In this study, the results of 29 documented tornado tracks (889 data points total) in Central Alabama reveal findings related to complex topography and its effects on tornado intensity and damage. The temporal patterns of this particular outbreak are consistent with other studies’ evidence that suggests a small peak in nocturnal tornado activity in the southeast U.S. These are a few of the many factors that contribute to tornado vulnerability in the Deep South.

Keywords

Tornado Outbreak 27 April 2011 Alabama GIS Spatial Temporal Damage Vulnerability 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and guidance to improve the paper. They would like to thank Dr. Graettinger and his group at the University of Alabama for providing data of the Tuscaloosa case study. Thanks to Jeff Smith for collecting NOAA data at the beginning of this project. This research was funded by the Jacksonville State University Faculty Research Grant.

Funding

This study was funded by Jacksonville State University Faculty Research Grant 2013–14.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and animal rights

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Water Center, Office of Water PredictionNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)TuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency ManagementJacksonville State UniversityJacksonvilleUSA

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