Tornado Warning

June 21, 2016

BW photograph of a plastic-sleeved newspaper laying on a marble stoop.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

‘Twas a sunny, albeit humid morning, and so the decision was made to go for a walk in Frederick, Md.  It had clearly rained between here and there, as the road was quite wet and puddled, but Frederick itself seemed to have missed that precipitation.

BW photograph of an approaching thunderstorm over a congested shopping area.

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It was a different story on the way home.

BW photograph of traffic stopped at a stoplight during a thunderstorm.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

All of the hallmarks of a strong thunderstorm developed and rapidly progressed:  the temperature dropped, the wind increased, torrential rain began to fall.  All of this was accompanied by quite impressive lighting and thunder.  Given the route going home, the storm remained mostly overhead, as the lightning would flash and would be immediately followed by the thunder.

BW photograph looking outward from a vehicle at trees in the distance during a thunderstorm.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This is actually one of the rare times when it seemed prudent to pull off and await a lull in the storm.  While sitting in a parking lot with several other folks, who also seemed to see the wisdom in pulling over, a tornado warning was issued for an area just to the south and east.  A “warning” is more serious than a “watch”-the emergency message received said to take shelter if in that area.  That warning has since been downgraded to a “severe thunderstorm watch”.

While sitting in the parking lot for those few minutes, I was trying to remember the number of times tornado warnings had been issued for this part of Maryland in the recent past.  My memory wanted me to think that there has been an increase, but not wanting to just rely on speculation, I did a (brief) search and could not find a statistic.  However, this article from 2001 came up, and I do remember that storm.

Whether such warnings are increasing or not, it is helpful to pay attention and be prepared should they be announced. This is the National Weather Service’s site, and it is worth bookmarking.  There are also a myriad of apps for phones.

Take care.


One Response to “Tornado Warning”

  1. I was in Erie in PA at this time and the sky was an azure blue with a soft breeze from Lake Erie. It was humid but still a very beautiful day so you can imagine the suprise when I got an laert in my phone for severe weather from CCBC Catonsville in MD telling me to take cover for severe tornado. But then Erie being over 6hrs away by car I was not suprised. Have a beautiful day.

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