21 January 2010
Tornado Develops Over Huntsville Thursday
Posted by Dan Satterfield
While we were on air during the 5 PM newscast earlier this evening, a tornado developed just east of our studios. We followed it using our city camera on top of the Saturn 5 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center here in Huntsville.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond and I saw the flashes from transformers blowing almost immediately as we brought up the camera image, and knew we had a tornado on the ground. We’ve received incredible shots from viewers along with video.
There is significant damage just east of our studios in downtown, but so far no injuries.
You can see some video and more pictures on the WHNT web site here. I will add some more pictures later this evening. The tornado happened during rush hour and was witnessed by thousands of residents. We are just now ending our non stop coverage that began when the tornado touched down during our early newscast.
addition: YouTube video from Huntsville resident Josh Roberson on his iPhone of the tornado forming:
With all the meteorological software and technology, i can’t seem to understand WHY nobody detected this tornado. It was only identified AFTER people called in reports and camera panned the sky. This certainly worried me, and casts a lot of doubts about all the tools used for detection and tracking.
Actually we did detect it quite well on radar. Once it started developing. You cannot detect something that is not there however and it developed VERY rapidly. It seems very possible that the mountains east of Huntsville played a role in the tornadogenesis with the storm.