Bow Echo Brings Widespread DamageJune 29th, 2012 at 7:03 pm by Jonathan Conder under Weather
Sorry for the late blog update folks, it has been a crazy day in the weather center as I was swamped with just trying to keep up with that line of storms.
What we saw today was a “squall line” or a “bow echo.” It is called a bow echo because the leading edge of the storm bows out. It is on the leading edge of the bow that you can find weak tornadoes and very strong straight line winds. The damage we saw today was mainly all straight line wind damage, but at times, those winds were up to 90 mph.
The winds at the Fort Wayne Airport were so strong at 91 mph, that both rain gauges were knocked out of commission. There were dozens of reports of winds up to 65 mph, but winds were up to 84 mph at the Paulding Airport and 88 mph near IPFW campus.
We have received over hundreds of photos from WANE viewers and it would take me a week to post all of them. Thank goodness our web team was on it today and posted this storm photo gallery.
So, will we see this again tomorrow? It’s possible but not guaranteed. Look for another round of storms Saturday and there is a risk of severe storms to include winds up to 65 mph and hail up to the size of quarters. So, most of the WANE viewing area is under a slight risk of severe storms for Saturday.