Could Twitter prevent deaths from thunderstorm asthma?

The team studied social media to get a better understanding of how to predict perilous conditions, writes Antony Scholefield

The 2016 thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne was linked with 10 deaths — the most linked to a single thunderstorm asthma event anywhere in the world.


So, it’s no surprise researchers are trying to prevent a repeat.

Given mankind’s powerlessness in the face of such natural phenomena, the focus has been on predicting perilous conditions rather than preventing them, with the aim to warn people with asthma to stay indoors on high-risk days.

To do this, CSIRO