Tuesday, June 05, 2012

No Tornadoes Locally From Friday's Storm

Friday's tornado warning in Montgomery and Bucks Counties was not for an officially confirmed tornado but was due to doppler radar indicating the possibility of a thunderstorm producing a tornado. Despite the lack of an official tornado touchdown in our region, Friday's rains and wind were quite enough in our region to deal with.  The closest severe weather reports with this storm, outside of localized flooding, were in Central Pennsylvania and south.

In Maryland, however, it was a bit of a different story.

FYI, the above video uses some language that might not pass the "nice" test in your office.  Just a heads up before you click on it.  Two local amateur storm chasers, Lee Molineux from Delaware County and Ryan Sheff from South Jersey, drove through one of Maryland's ten reported tornado touchdowns on Friday afternoon.  This tornado hit Harford County, northeast of Baltimore, and ripped up some neighborhoods near Fallston.

The Harford County twister was an EF-1 that caused about a million dollars worth of damage on Friday as it touched down just before 6 PM.  Washington's Capital Weather Gang produced this graphic of the tornado and severe weather reports around the DC corridor from Friday's storm.  The tornadoes were officially classified as weak twisters -- rated EF-0 or EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale -- still enough though to rip up the neighborhood and cause damage to some locations.  A greater number of twisters touched down to the west and southwest of Baltimore on Friday from this storm system.

Here, rain was the bigger issue for folks northwest of the city.  A close call, nonetheless!