U.S. Tornadoes and Severe Weather Spring 2020

Start Date

April 22, 2020

Overview

In April 2020 many parts of the southern and central United States have experienced severe weather, including powerful thunderstorms that blew across eastern Texas and western Louisiana and spawned several tornadoes, some of which caused severe damage. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has activated to Tier 1 in support of response and recovery for these extreme weather events.

Disasters program coordinators are working with stakeholders at the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) to provide support for utilizing NASA Earth-observing satellite products and to support the Damage Assessment Toolkit, a web-based mobile-access tool that the NWS uses as a decision support system when doing storm surveys. The NASA Disasters Program aided in the development of the Damage Assessment Toolkit through the ROSES A.33 research project “Enhancement of the NWS Storm Damage Assessment Toolkit with Earth Remote Sensing Data” lead by Gary Jedlovec and Andrew Molthan. Learn more about this project: https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0097.1

Latest Updates

April 28, 2020
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image showing the trail of damage caused by an EF-2 tornado that tore through Jasper and Newton counties in Texas. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data fro
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image showing the trail of damage caused by an EF-2 tornado that tore through Jasper and Newton counties in Texas. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.  On April 22-23, 2020, powerful thunderstorms blew across eastern Texas and western...