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Jonathan Burleson

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I've been looking back at some of the data from the famous and deadly Henryville, Indiana Tornado. The local TV coverage was excellent that day overall, in the Louisville, TV Market. In the end, of course I'm unaware of who "won" the ratings that day, but for those of you who've studied it, I am interested as to how you think the coverage was handled by the local stations on that very dangerous day. Just because we don't have severe weather staring us down the face right now, doesn't mean that we can't and shouldn't continue to study from past events. Remember, the past does indeed usually repeat itself.

To look just on the outside, it would appear that WHAS wasn't the "leader" although their coverage seemed to be wonderful. During the Super Outbreak of 74, they were indeed the leader. It looks like WAVE 3 and FOX 44 were the leaders that day, but as stated above, even WLKY did a wonderful job as well. You have a situation where all 4 main networks have great severe weather tools, and the proper policies to implement those tools when the time comes.

I'm just trying to get the ball rolling on what I think could be an interesting conversation, not only about this event, but many similar events that have happened over the past couple of decades.

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I think Gary England's coverage of the May 3rd 1999 Moore, Oklahoma (KWTV OKC) tornado ranks up there near the top. That whole outbreak was pretty well done from the best I can remember by that station.
 

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No doubt all the OKC stations were on their game during the above-mentioned outbreak. In particular, I'm talking about things that were done well, and things that were done better, by the Louisville, TV Market during the Henryville, Tornado. Louisville has been a very weather savvy market ever since April 3rd, 1974. Either way, thank you for your input! :)
 

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Welcome Jonathan:
For those that may not know, Jonathan was a member on the old TW forum. He’s been phenomenal over the years with severe weather forecasting on the forum. He was mentored by a great meteorologist and has been on air and behind the scenes at various TV stations.

Jonathan...we may need to see some videos of the coverage that day. A lot of us study the event but not the coverage unless we’re in or have been in the broadcast business as you.

All I’ve seen are videos of the tornado via mostly the school security cameras.

If you want, post some coverage videos and we can study and discuss!!
 

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