It Wasn’t A TornadoJune 30th, 2012 at 9:16 pm by Jonathan Conder under Weather
The weather event that unfolded across our area on Friday was very significant, producing widespread damage, but it wasn’t a tornado.
What we saw was a straight line wind event. When it moved across our area, it was a bow echo and by the time it got to central Ohio it morphed into a “derecho.” What is a derecho you ask? The local National Weather Service of Northeastern Indiana has a great web article about this event here. If you click on the storm reports here, you will see that there were only two confirmed tornadoes, not in our area, but over 600 wind reports.
The reason people think it was a tornado that hit there neighborhood is that they can’t believe that straight line wind damage could take down a 5 foot diameter tree, flatten a foundry or even an old school house. But they can and they did. This is why it is so important to take shelter when a thunderstorm warning are issued. Severe thunderstorm winds can reach up to 100 mph, take down buildings and look like damage produced by small to moderate tornadoes.
To everyone who lost a tree in their yard, have been without power, or had significant damage to their property, I am sorry for your loss.