Instead of chasing the weather, the weather chased me over the weekend.
On Sunday, I went down to Racine to visit my family. Mom mom and I went to visit my grandma who is living in a near-by nursing home. Grandma is doing good, she is just getting up there in age though. She is a lucky 91 year old who hasn’t had any major health issues. Grandma also lived a very simple life so the nursing home is almost like a 4 star resort to her…..I’m serious ..she loves it!
Ok back to the storms..
While driving to see grandma I noticed the skies starting to darken quite a bit. When we got out of the car in the parking lot, I noticed an impressive lowering in the clouds which was also rotating rapidly not even a mile away. With in a minute or two, all of a sudden we could see branches and leaves being kicked up in the woods behind the parking lot. Sure enough a weak tornado was on the ground!!!!! From our vantage point we never saw a well defined funnel, just a rapid rotation above, along with the intense swirl of air below, which was only visible because of the debris inside.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a tornado. But this was a little different than on a storm chase trip. When chasing a storm, you know everything there is to know about that storm your chasing from it’s location to strength. You litterally follow the elements all day long. Let’s just say Sunday afternoon in Racine I wasn’t “Traking” the storm and was caught a little off guard.
After an additional survey of the damage on Monday, the NWS has upgraded the tornado to EF-1 strength. The tornado traveled at least 3 miles, toppling many trees and caused mostly minor damage to homes and businesses. This was a lower end tornado, but it hit a fairly populated area. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Hey I happened to even make the local news!!! I’m a TV star!! check this out…
WISN Milwaukee Coverage
The story also includes cell phone video I took.
Here are a number of pictures I took after the tornado hit…
Here is a latest NWS write up on the event, including some impressive radar imagery…click here
Meteorologist Brian Niznansky
Posted under Severe Weather, Storms
This post was written by bniznansky on June 28, 2010