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Looking at forecasting advancements since Tornado Tuesday, 2003

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On a very actively stormy first day of summer, Friday, we're just a few days away from a major anniversary. 10 years ago, more than 60 tornadoes touched down in South Dakota on what was dubbed 'Tornado Tuesday' on June 24, 2003.

Since that day, a major advancement in technology and how experts predict the weather has played a big role in keeping everyone safe.

It takes a certain person to study the weather, forecast, and create alerts.

Shawn Cable: 'We've got large storms moving in.'

And between the National Weather Service and forecast on your local news, it's an always-changing, advancing industry.

"We've seen changes in technology. As far as our radar is concerned, we've had a number of updates to make it more accurate and powerful. Our understanding of how tornadoes form has come a long way with our science knowledge in the office and community," NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said.

Even KSFY's own meteorologist Shawn Cable remembers Tornado Tuesday 10 years ago like it was yesterday. Ever since, one of the biggest, most notable differences has been social media.

"Back then it was all about getting it on the TV or radio. There was no updating twitter or Facebook. there was e-mail and text message but social media is a big deal and it's a great way, if you use it properly, to get the word out about severe weather," KSFY Meteorologist Shawn Cable said.

No matter where we get our forecast during severe weather, on air, online or on our smart phones, always be alert.

"All of us can do our job, the media can do their part, emergency management can do their part. but the one thing always missing is whether or not the public perceives that threat as real. it's important to have that plan and understand when to put that plan into action," Heitkamp said.

The National Weather Service looks forward to embracing new technologies and advancements as they come.

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