Monday, March 12, 2012
Yet another reason to pay attention to the March 20 tornado drill
Why should the Fredericksburg area pay attention to the upcoming March 2oth statewide tornado drill? This video was taken June 18th 2009 looking northwestward over Dahlgren VA and is sped up 4 times to show the rotation in the cloud base. Note two things: the rotating funnel over the trees in the left center of the frame and the direction of the wind toward the storm indicated by the flag over the McDonald's restaurant in the right center. This inflow indicates the storm was well organized. It also had a definite rotation signature on radar.
Tornadoes and funnel clouds occur more often than one might think in our area. It is best to be prepared and educated ahead of time regarding what to do if one occurs in your vicinity.