Latest TORRO News
TORRO WEBSITE AND FORUM
TORRO has recently suffered a problem with the server which the website and forum are located on. This lead to both services being offline for a number of days in early May.
As you can see, the website is now working again, although there are minor issues which will be resolved shortly.
Sadly the forum is not so easy to re-establish, requiring more work to get it up and running again. Rest assured nothing has been lost and we are working on this issue.
Updates will be posted on here as and when we have them, in the meantime you can still send reports to us using the forms on this website and we will also be on our Facebook page as well.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and we will get things back to normal as soon as we can.
The TORRO Staff.
TORRO SPRING CONFERENCE 2013
The proposed date for the TORRO Annual Spring Conference is on Saturday 27th April 2013 at the Oxford Brookes University: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP.
Full details of the programme and registration is available for download HERE
SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST
These forecasts are issued by TORRO staff to highlight the probability of events such as severe thunderstorms and tornados.
LATEST SEVERE WEATHER REPORT ISSUED BY TORRO
IJMET WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The IJMet website is currently undergoing some work and only the Home Page is currently available.
Any information on the TORRO website supersedes information on the www.ijmet.org website until the updates are complete.
All correspondence for IJMet should be sent through to TORRO or use the TORRO Contact forum until further notice.
The IJMet publication is not effected by this and you can still join TORRO and subscribe to IJMet by using the TORRO Join Form.
We're sorry for any inconvenience to our online visitors but it will be worth the wait.
TORRO YOU TUBE VIDEO CHANNEL
TORRO has recently created a TORRO You Tube Video Channel to display any videos that we are sent and to link to other weather related
videos which are on You Tube.
We will try to upload all the videos which are sent to us by members of the public or as part of a site investigation so that they can be used
for future reference.
If you have a video of an event that you think would be useful to TORRO then please send the details using the Report Form.
REPORTS OF SEVERE WEATHER
TORRO relies on reports of severe weather from the public, as well as those reported in the media.
The more reports that we receive and the more witnesses we can talk too, the better it is for our research.
If you have witnessed any form of severe weather, be it a tornado, lightning, hail etc, then tell us about your experiences by filling in our Report Form and give us as much information as you can. These reports are then passed to one of our local Site Investigators who may contact you for more information.
Recent events for which TORRO is seeking information
If you witnessed one of the events listed above, or any other weather event, and would like to assist with TORRO's research then please contact us using the Report Form.
TORRO GALLERY RE-OPENS
For over a year now, the TORRO Gallery has been closed due to a server move and the need for a rebuild of the whole gallery.
TORRO is pleased to announce that this work is now complete and the new-look TORRO Gallery is now open.
All of the images contained in the old gallery have been included, but unfortunately most of the detail on these images has been lost in the move so if you have submitted images in the past then please look through the collection and give Ian Loxley the image number and any details that you may have for your images so that he can add them to the gallery.
The new gallery allows you to comment on and rate the images using a 5 Star rating system, comments are moderated by the gallery admin prior to publication.
Although there is a facility to register so that you can upload your own images to the gallery, this is not yet open so please contact Ian if you have any images that you would like included in the gallery.
TORRO Papers Made Available To The Public
Use the Menu on the left to find recent Staff papers that will now be freely available to the public under the Publications and Research sections. Recent additions include Annual Reviews such as Snow2005 and Thunder2005. Along with Data that has been published for download like Hail databases at research/ukhailstorms
Please acknowledge ownership if you use any of these articles in part or whole.
Copyright has not been surrendered on any TORRO papers or their respective authors.
Spatial Distribution of Tornadoes in England and Wales to 2002
In 2005, The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) was consulted for the Channel 4, U.K. television programme, 'Equinox Special: Britain's Tornado' a programme on the Birmingham City tornado of July 2005. The programme makers, Pioneer Productions, produced an animated map of tornadoes in the UK based on selected TORRO data. This map was a representation of known tornado events but it should be noted it does not included the full TORRO database of events. It should also be noted that this map is 'work in progress', however it does give a very interesting and valuable insight into tornadoes in England and Wales.
Click on the image to watch the animation.
(Requires Apple Quicktime)
On average the United Kingdom experiences 35-40 tornadoes a year, but this average will fluctuate, particularly with the improved communications and a growing network of TORRO reporters. In 2004 there were 70 tornadoes, 2005 63 tornadoes and 2006 ~49 tornadoes.
Should you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact TORRO staff. If you are interested in learning more about tornadoes in the UK and Ireland why not Join TORRO.
International Journal of Meteorology
For information about the publication of any of the featured photographs please contact
Ian Loxley using the Contact Form.
Important Notice: Photo's submitted to TORRO (Tornado and Storm Research Organisation) are given knowing they may be displayed by the Organisation on the TORRO gallery. TORRO make no monetary gain from this display and the copyright © of all images at all times are retained by the photo owner. No other use of the image will be permitted by TORRO without the express permission of the owner.