Shockingly Inadequate Acronym of the Day: PDS

Short for? PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

At 11pm tonight, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, saw fit to assign this (apparently) exceedingly rare sobriquet to today’s massive storm outbreak, after more than 130 tornadoes—mind you, ginormous ones—leveled towns, killed an estimated 40 people, and prompted Alabama governor Robert Bentley to call up 1,400 National Guardsmen (who knew we still had any of those kicking around stateside anyhow?)

This stroke of idiomatic brilliance was divined by the SPC along with NOAA, in conjunction with the NWS, which is in charge of communicating SWS and PDS watches to the public.

PDS: Particularly Dangerous Situation. Wording is used in rare situations when long-lived, strong and violent tornadoes are possible. This enhanced wording may also accompany severe thunderstorm watches for intense convective wind storms.

I won’t say Kafkaesque. I just won’t. Here, Wikipedia can tell you all about it.

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