Drones becoming important tool for weather researchers and forecasters

The National Tornado Summit is an annual, national forum that brings together insurance professionals, regulators, weather experts and emergency management officials. Together they go over the latest research and technology to improve disaster response and preparedness. One of the hot topics this year... the use of drones! There is no doubt that drones can take some amazing pictures. But more and more they are being used by professionals, insurance agencies and researchers to do things that in the past were simply not possible.

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Four people injured as possible tornado strikes near Birmingham, AL

An emergency official says at least four people are injured after a possible tornado left a trail of damage southwest of Birmingham. National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Holmes said the storm hit early Tuesday evening near Bessemer, about 115 miles southwest of Birmingham. Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency director Jim Coker says firefighters responding to the area found four people injured. He says their conditions are unknown, but two were taken to a hospital.

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Rainiest winter on record of Fort Myers, FL ends

The meteorological winter of 2015-2016 is the wettest winter in recorded history for the city of Fort Myers, Fla. according to official tallies by the National Weather Service. Between the months of December, January and February constituting meteorological winter, the city picked up a record-smashing 18.71" of rain. That`s more than three times above the normal amount of 5.8" of rain. Meteorological winter constitutes the three coldest months of the year in the northern hemisphere: December, January and February.

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