Tropical cyclones pose many threats and impacts to life and property, including storm surge, winds, waves, inland flooding, and tornadoes. The tornado threat is often overshadowed by the other threats, but the impacts from tropical cyclone tornadoes can be significant. Tornadic outbreaks that occurs during landfalling tropical cyclones events often produce storms that are more difficult to observe and result in poorer NWS performance metrics, in general, than other tornado outbreaks.
As a result of the recommendations in the Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene Service Assessments, the Tropical Professional Development Series identified numerous areas of existing and needed training regarding tropical cyclone forecasting. The Tropical Cyclone Tornadoes Course is one of many instructional components identified as part of that process.