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First Tornado for South Western Michigan

After a quiet summer storm wise we had our first tornado warning of the year for the area.  I began tracking the storm at 6:30pm as it practically formed over Otsego and began to move east.  We picked up 3/4 of an inch of rain in 10 minutes with some thunder and lightning.  The cell […]

Types of Tornadoes

Tornadoes come from mainly two types of thunderstorms: supercell and non-supercell. Tornadoes that come from a supercell thunderstorm are the most common, and often the most dangerous. A rotating updraft is a key to the development of a supercell, and eventually a tornado. There are many ideas about how this rotation begins. One way a […]

Tornado Basics

Today I begin a two part series on tornadoes – the conclusion will be on Sunday… What is a tornado? A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms […]