Straight winds or rotating? It matters
FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
Dan Swegon, in Fallston, asks: “Why is there so much interest, after the event, as to whether heavy wind was a tornado? Severe windstorms cause damage whether the winds were twisting or straight.”
It’s for science and safety. Tornado winds are Nature’s most sudden and powerful. Saving lives and property demands accurate and timely warnings. That requires an understanding of when, where and why tornadoes occur. And scientific understanding demands precise, reliable data.
(PHOTO: Tamara Ivan, in Ocean City, Md., Sept. 15, 2011)