I just wanted to let you all know that we will once again face the threat of an isolated strong to severe storm for our Friday. Like today, most of us won’t see a thing, but the ones that do get a storm could be dealing with a potent storm. Thankfully, tonight’s weather is looking nice and quiet.
I drove out to Pleasant Hill this evening and saw the many downed trees. Then, there was the school. The NWS has determined that an EF-0 tornado impacted that area this evening. Tornadoes are no good but unwarned ones are even worse. As I said in the last post, that radar beam doesn’t see everything and the NWS misses one from time to time, especially the “weaker” ones. We’re also in the unfortunate position of being at such a distance from the radar site that the radar beam is awfully high up by the time it gets here.
I had someone ask why I didn’t have a blog update the moment the damage occurred in Pleasant Hill. I’m not sure how I could have known that in time. In fact, I was in meetings at that time and never got a single notification on my phone. I was even watching radar for most of the afternoon, especially between meetings. But, there was no notification to get because those come from the NWS. They alone issue warnings. They do an awesome job, by the way, but they’re like the rest of us and can’t see everything. By the time the warning came the tornado had lifted.
This is a good opportunity for me to stress that you should never rely on my blog for warnings. In fact, I can’t afford the liability insurance that service would require. If I say I give warnings and then I miss one, you could sue me. It’s happened to other services. Would I lose the lawsuit? Probably not, but I’d still be out a whole heap of time, trouble and expense in defense fees.
I update the blog every single day. In this morning’s blog, I specifically mentioned isolated strong to severe storms. I even said there was a 2% chance for a tornado and while that chance was low, it was not zero. That one storm in your neighborhood is all that matters when it all comes down to it.
Thank God no one was seriously hurt today. With the impact to the school, we all know this could have been worse.
I love my blog and I love working on it. I am not paid to do this. I just do it because I love it.
I guess my advice to any of us is just be weather aware with any storm this time of year. March, April, and May can be rough months for us and this year is proving to be no exception.
I’ll keep an eye on storm chances for tomorrow and I’ll have a full blog update in the morning! You all have a nice night!