Tornado Watch Issued for Area

by ARLnow.com February 28, 2011 at 9:15 am 1,627 9 Comments

Update at 12:50 p.m. — The tornado watch has been canceled.

Warm temperatures are going to give way to strong storms as a cold front moves through the region later today.

The National Weather Service just issued a Tornado Watch, warning that the storms could include tornadic activity. The watch is in effect until 4:00 p.m.

  • Tabby

    Yikes! Glad I made the cat stay inside.

  • brendan

    “None of you has ever seen an F5?”

    • brendan

      All Clear!

      • Tre


      • brendan

        sorry last one came out all blurry and lame….

        “Helen, it’s okay! We survived!”

  • Lacy Forest

    Spring is here!

  • CW

    A Vornado watch has been issued for all office and retail buildings in the area…

  • John Andre

    It’s interesting how the media sensationalized this weather event.

    TV meteorologists were calling all weekend for “several hours of very severe thunderstorms from around 3 pm Monday until midnight or so”! The actual weather consisted of one or two thunderstorms between noon and 2 pm followed by three or four hours of steady but beneficial soaking rain until sunset. The total for the day at Campbell Elementary School was roughly 0.65 inch, including 0.19 inch overnight last night. This amounted to a rather substantial rain event, but not an extended period of severe weather as some meteorologists were predicting.

    Generally we only get extended periods of severe weather when there’s a tropical event [wrong time of year for that!] or other intense storm system; e.g. the 1993 “Superstorm”. The recent windy dry episodes have been more damaging than this afternoon’s event, a fairly routine moist cold frontal passage. TV weathermen shouldn’t be scaring us with extended severe weather threats when there’s not a lot of evidence to back it up.


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