As i read the news and wonder…

What’s an apparent tornado?  Don’t we have definitions for a reason?  Can’t they just say ‘strong winds’ or ‘heavy storm system’ if it’s not actually a tornado?  How can they still not know if a tornado actually developed?  Did no one see the actual funnel, amid all this destruction?  Do they just not know what a tornado looks like in Texas?  Are we no longer believing eyewitness accounts in Oklahoma (there were two of seeing a tornado there)?  Is Michigan the only place now allowed to actually report tornadoes?  Are reporters afraid someone will accuse them of misrepresenting the weather?  Sigh.

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1 Comment

  1. Amy said,

    April 10, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    We had three “apparent tornados” touch down here in Louisville one night back in January – We knew, at the time, that we were having serious storms but they weren’t classifed as tornadoes until after the fact. Part of that may be because it late, and so we didn’t get the green skies. I know that I didn’t see any cones. Part of the doubt about classifying these storms as tornadoes may be due to the fact that, at least around here, we’ve been getting them long out of season….


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