• Arleigh Jenkins

    Great summary Brad, I’m glad no one was hurt in this but it does seem you guys have some of the hardest news jobs there is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635248560 Amber T Testerman

    Thank You so much for your coverage thru this past week. I don’t live anywhere near the area that was hit but I did winder why they were not warned. I think somthing needs to be done so that people will know if something is coming. Like you said by the time it happened most people were in bed and not watching tv or online following you, so therefore they needed some alarms and sirens to go off. I also understand that it formed and came out of the sky very rapidly, which wasn’t no one’s fault, but clearly something needs to be done so this doesn’t happen again. Tornado’s use to never happen, but in the last several yrs they have been. Just last April, I got a phone call to get up cause we had bad weather coming, my parents in VA were warned, but us in Ashe County were not, it wasn’t lnog before my ears got to popping and I heard the train sound, it didn’t touch down but it was clearly rotating over our house and fixing to, as it went north it did eventually touch down, but no one reported it. When I got up the next morning, it had sucked things out of our yard and the neighbors yard up into the trees, where they still are today. Anyway i’m behind you that something needs to be done and maybe the governor will see to it!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/SoApps1979 Dan Crawley

    Brad…I think the idea of a Dual-Pol in Charlotte would be awesome…not only would it be of great benefit to the Charlotte Metro area but there are plenty other areas in North Carolina that are on the fringes. That 421 cooridor from Wilkes County to Winston-Salem is an example of being stuck between forecasting offices. Davie, Davidson, Stanly, Montgomery, Anson…another corridor that is caught in the middle. Make the Dual-Pol a valuable asset to both Greer and Raleigh offices.

    Here’s one question I have…it is required that the NWS Doppler be placed on the same piece of property as the forecasting office? Could NOAA just re-locate the current Greer radar to a more centralized location..if the Dual-Pol idea is not an option, how about moving the radar site to a location further up I-85, (NC/SC line, Gaffney?). Of course doing that would put the Northeast GA counties under Greer’s CWA in a bad spot but I have never really understood why they were in that CWA to begin with?

    • wxbrad

      There are several stand alone Doppler sites in places around the country. Mainly on military bases but I think having a radar just north of Charlotte would makes sense. I agree areas along I-40 have it even worse than CLT as far as radar coverage. I think we need to start another effort get one in the Lake Norman area maybe would be ideal. I think we still need one in Greer though.

      • http://twitter.com/PJASchultz PJ

        Brad, What can we, the public, do to help along this process? Do we write to legislators? What’s the first step?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ASU35ZTGYFMDPPLCCE2WIB3N2I Mark C

    Brad, I was a member of the Amateur Radio Advanced Skywarn Spotter group when Charlotte had the WS office. Everyone involved knew the decision to move to SC was bad for us and this goes to prove it. Politics will win over logic every time though.

  • Ashley Stamper

    I appreciate your post explaining the process of how the early morning went down, and why maybe the community was not warned. I also appreciate you answering all of my questions yesterday that I had on your FB fanpage. I think it is great how you communicate back and forth with Charlotte and your fans via the internet. You don’t find that in a lot of places. I am also going to cover myself and say how much I love this area, and the people in it after moving here just a month ago from an area that has frequent tornados/severe storms. I live here now, and my opinion should be valued as is everyone else’s.

    No warnings for the tornado producing cell is absolutely unacceptable. I know you have no blame in this, and I commend you for your awesome efforts. Seriously, you seem like a great genuine guy who cares so much about his community. BUT what is it going to take to get some more reliable warning systems in place? A 3.2 mile tracked on the ground EF-2 tornado? Or a number of fatalities? It seems like this not very likely of producing a tornado city, produced a pretty awesome tornado in the middle of the night. In God’s grace, no lives were spared! *I* knew the temperature difference between the cold wedge was not good, and the probability of a tornado was likely. The distance I live from this is about 7 miles or so, closer than I originally thought (I’m still figuring out the area). I had no idea this city did not have sirens in place. Even at one point, at about 1 a.m. I shooshed my husband, because I thought I heard the sirens going off…which makes me laugh now. Who do you bring these sort of concerns to? Coming from a city that has sirens that can be heard miles away….they ARE effective. They are effective if a proper plan is put in place by the county/city. This is 2012, the resources are there….why are they not being exhausted? Why does the community have to rely on a not so reliable system because of boundaries and error?

    My heart aches for the people directly affected. If any of them are like my family with no friends or family in the area, I can only imagine how lost they feel. It is so great to see a community pull together with donations for them! Obviously, nothing can stop a tornado from happening. Something has to be done with the warning system. Someone with authority HAS to step up. The tornadoes that have happened in this country over the last year are insane. They are much stronger, and way more frequent. This could have happened mid morning with children in school, and thankfully it did not. I’m thankful that I am terrified of storms (house was hit when I was 7 by a tornado, and neighbors house when I was 14), because it keeps me on my toes when it comes to the weather. Unlike a lot of people who think it is neat, and they underestimate it. Something needs to be done ASAP.

    Your concerned outspoken new resident :)

  • wxbrad

    I want everyone to know that I along with the First Warn Storm team & News Channel 36 are working on a way to alert people 24/7 of severe weather. This will be a very specific way to warn for your exact location via phone/cell phone/text or email. Please stay tuned for details we hope to have this service available very soon.

    • heterodox

      Thank you! This is great to hear. And I truly mean it.

  • http://twitter.com/raklaver68 Just Me

    Brad, I am in awe of your dedication to not only your viewing area but to all mankind. When you see that things are turning ugly, you reach out to tell us to call, email, tweet etc our loved ones in other areas to warn them of the dangerous conditions forming.

    I live in Cabarrus County and I heard this storm, however I was lucky to be far enough away as to not sustain any damage. It’s nice to know someone has our back.


  • http://twitter.com/mrsvmdoyle Veronica Doyle

    Hi Brad, thank you for this overview of the tornado that happened Saturday morning. The tornado passed about 7.7 miles west of where both myself (in Cabarrus Co.) and my parents live (Meck. Co.). The public definitely needed to be warned about this storm and I truly find it unacceptable that the NWS missed this. I was quite surprised to learn that Charlotte doesn’t have a Doppler radar in the area, except for the TDWR at the airport. I’m thankful no one was injured in this unfortunate situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1367410868 Robert Lail Austin

    It does seem that the NWS Raleigh office saw what was happening even if GSP didn’t. I think the warning for Stanly County was a warning to Raleigh to call attention to the situation, under the assumption that GSP and residents here would look at the storm and notice the rotation – otherwise the Stanly warning makes no sense.

    • wxbrad

      Robert, I have an inside scope on why Raleigh issue that warning but didn’t include it in this post. There was a forecaster on duty up there who has family in this area. He was on the phone with his mom at the time when the line dropped out he then saw the radar signature & issued the warning. We were chatting about this situation on-line at the time as I was passing information along to him.

  • panthergranny

    I’m sure the people who lost all or most of their homes in Mecklenburg/Cabarrus county would have appreciated a tornado warning. As large as Charlotte and the Metro Area is, it is difficult to get my head around the fact there are 3 different offices trying to forecast the weather for this area at 75-80 miles away. Some of our city/county leaders should put this obvious pitfall as a priority on their agenda. We were fortunate there were no lives lost on Saturday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740190651 Pedro Ury Huertero Valle

    This is terrible. I can’t believe an alert wasn’t issued. I used to work for a utilities company in Charlotte, and NWS alerts are extremely important to track storms and alert crews.

    • heterodox

      NWS alerts are important to everyone, period. I share your sentiment on the lack of an alert in this case. Next time this happens, the child that is ripped from her bedroom may not survive. It’s a scary thought.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS455XT4VLACBOO4H65CSPL27M Charlotte Roofers

    This is a terrible tragedy for our area, I lived a few blocks from where it touched down but had moved in 2008 from that section of town. My heart goes out to all affected by this tornado my children went to elementary school at Reed creek. I’ll be out in the area to help homeowners rebuild. homeowners can find us at http://room2roof.com

  • http://twitter.com/modrow matt modrow

    Great Post Brad!

    I wonder why the insurance industry doesn’t have a vested interest in putting more funding into the NWS. Seems with better radar/warnings/notice more life and property could be saved thus saving the insurance industry money. I have no idea how much a new Doppler radar would cost but seems every large city should have one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JTM289 Justin Turnage

    I totally agree with you and I feel where you’re coming from. I’m fortunate to live in Raleigh, but if I was living in Charlotte I would hate to be in the dark about something like this. I also feel the fact about Charlotte needing a dedicated NWS radar. For a major metro area not having one is mind boggling to me. Hopefully you could start a petition for the GSP office to put a dedicated NWS radar for Western NC. Use early Saturday Morning as an example. The lack of a warning put lives in danger. What would have happened if the tornado went through downtown Charlotte? The headline would be much different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Dross/100000479415470 Mike Dross

    I agr

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Dross/100000479415470 Mike Dross

    I like your write up and agree with your conclusion that we need a 88D here in the Southern Piedmont to cover this area better. I don’t think we need or will get a WFO for this area.

    I DO think you need to cite in your radar graphic, that the data is from the “FAA TDWR radar system” and NOT the WCNC radar. It is mis-leading people into believing that local TV radar systems are much better than they actually are.

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