Southwest Missouri is familiar with tornadoes and their destructive force.

Southwest Missouri is familiar with tornadoes and their destructive force.
During tornado season, most residents keep an eye to the sky and an ear out for tornado watches and warnings. A new weather forecast model is now available for mobile phones on Google Play and will soon be available for Apple users as well.
WALT - which stands for Wayne Adams Lancaster Tornado - Model is designed to bring tornado, severe hail and wind forecasts down to street level.
The model was designed by Wayne Adams and his Sonfire Almanacs LLC Weather Forecast Models company, based in Spiro, Oklahoma. According to Adams, WALT is the first weather model in history to bring forecasts to house level. Users enter their address into the application to receive location specific forecasts.
"WALT does not give live warnings," Adams said. "But, it does take the forecast down to street level from 24-hours over seven days in advance at times."
Adams also said that the first WALT model was coded at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin by his former professor Luke Van Roekel.
"As we formed the company in November, we coded the WALT model into what it is today," he said.
The idea behind the WALT application began in February, 1997 in Sebastian County, Arkansas.
"A warm front was coming from the south and had set the stage for bow segments and supercell formation," Adams explained. "Unfortunately, a bow segment developed and formed a non-tornado warned quasi linear convective system tornado in Booneville that evening. This tornado took the life of Patty Lancaster and with a better warning system, she might still be alive today."
"I was working on a system in 1997, a novice at best, I had no clue a tornado would actually form," Adams said. "The system that had been used then never panned out but it did give me a sense of urgency to go to college and figure out a new, localized model. Sonfire has been able to predict tornadoes that are not tornado warned using the WALT model over a number of years."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) gave Sonfire the Weather Ready Ambassador Seal (WRN) in December, 2017. "The Weather Ready Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation's readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events," Adams said. "As a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, your organization is committing to work with NOAA and other ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather."
The WALT Model is Sonfire's second app release in three months.
Once Sonfire is a stable company, Adams said they will give back to the community, church, and local governments as God advises.
"We follow the will of Jesus Christ," Adams stated. "Without Jesus Christ this model would not be possible and lifting up Jesus' name is very important. Son stands for Jesus Christ and Fire stands for the Holy Ghost in the name of our company. We follow after Luke 19:8."
Sonfire is based in Spiro, Oklahoma. More information about the company and their weather apps can be found on their website at