Tragic news. This is why nighttime tornadoes are so dangerous.
Evidently, the damage was extensive.
- Upper left panel is conventional radar (the type you see on television). There is a hook echo which is a signature of a tornado.
- Upper right is the Doppler velocity data. There is a clear “couplet” — which shows significant rotation in the storm.
- Lower left is the rate change of velocity data and can, as in this case, highlight the location of the tornado itself.
- Lower right is lofted debris.
Because of the inconvenience of sheltering during the night, I was using an objective method for detecting tornadoes using radar and atmospheric conditions. Below were the numbers for a radar-indicated tornado in Mississippi.
This photo is of a different tornado in Mississippi than the one cited above.
It is too soon to know if my forecast (below) met the criteria I have set for an “extreme” risk. Based on radar, there were other tornadoes. At least two were in rural areas (fortunately!) so I don’t know if damage surveys will be done so they can officially be put into the NWS’s official database.
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