About tornado warnings…

Posted by NBC12 Meteorologist Jim Duncan

Tornado warnings were flying yesterday (Tuesday) evening for the metro area, with multiple warnings issued for a storm that rolled out of western Chesterfield,  moved eastward to southeastern Henrico, then southeastward across southern Charles City County.  It was confirmed as an EF0 tornado that apparently was on the ground for only a short time near the Woodlake area (Swift Creek Reservoir), and caused limited damage.

Tornado warnings, and all severe weather warnings for that matter, are issued by the National Weather Service.  Our local warnings come out of the Wakefield NWS Office.   They are issued when there is either an actual sighting of a funnel cloud, or (most often) a radar “signature” that one has formed within a storm.  Thus, a ground touchdown does not necessarily accompany every warning.  However, it is because of these advance warnings that lives are saved when truly serious weather threatens.  Radar, and the expert analysis of its storm indications are the backbone of our national severe warning system. 


4 Responses to About tornado warnings…

  1. Sarah says:

    Wow…I never thought of getting one, but I am now. I have a 4 month old baby and was up at 3:00 (Wednesday morning after all the warnings on Tuesday night) with her and turned the TV (to channel 12) and saw there was more weather “news” and warnings in Hanover. I thought – how terrible – most everyone is asleep now, no one would know it was coming. I’m off to check out the weather radios. Thanks for the blog!

  2. afreiden says:

    Judy: I’m with you on this one! I have a “SAME” capable weather radio at my house that we bought right after our daughter was born. I programmed it to warn for Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches/Warnings ONLY. It’s been getting some work lately and I love it, even though it sometimes disturbs my sleep, it keeps an eye on severe weather when my eyes are shut! It try to talk about it on the air whenever possible.
    -Andrew Freiden

  3. Judy says:

    Just another reminder to everyone out there… Go and get that weather radio and leave it on especially this time of the year. They are fairly reasonable in cost and believe me, if you are asleep, it will wake you up. I was watching the report the other day when the family that had the tree down from the small tornado.. they said that they were oblivious as to what was up with the weather. The cost of the weather radio is very minor compared to what the cost of a direct hit from even an EF-0 tornado could inflict upon you.

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