Published: February 14, 2020
Rotarian Bill Phillips discussed recent tornado events at the Friday, February 14, 2020 meeting of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club. According to Phillips, two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in the county on February 5 with an EF-0 tornado touching down on February 12. In each case, the tornadoes were quick spin up events that were embedded widespread straight line winds that crossed the county. He recognized local Rotarians who were involved in initial response and clean up operations.
Phillips described how official Tornado Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service based on radar information and reliable observations from trained weather spotters. Because of the embedded nature of the recent tornadoes, spotters were unable to visually identify precursors to their formation, and Nexrad Radar beams covering Lawrence County did not cover the low levels where formation occurred. Phillips described how the addition of a NOAA radar site in Wayne or Hardin County would provide better coverage for our area, but he expressed doubts about whether this would have made much difference in generating warnings for the quick spin up events of February 5 and 12. Nevertheless, he stated that local EMA officials are supporting efforts by county leaders to raise awareness and hopefully obtain federal funding for an additional site.
Rotarian Ben Luna introduced the program.