Yesterday was not just the first day of June but to weather fans it is the beginning of "Meteorological Summer"and the first day for the 2012 hurricane season. Because of this I was reading a bit about FEMA and how to be prepared for storms, when I started to see that meteorologist were discussing the possibility of a Tornado Watch for our area. I started to check every report on a regular basis, the first warning was for South Central PA and then we watched how storms were affecting Maryland and Virginia. By the time I was done for the day at work, my weather radio had gone off and I checked and noticed more alerts for severe weather. When I got home even more alerts were produced, then finally there was the alert posting a tornado warning for Montgomery and then one for Bucks county. I did see on radar evidence of a rotating storm and the weather channel described on live TV, that there was a hook echo just west of Hatboro. (a hook echo on radar, which is a sign of a possible tornado). Luckily an actual tornado did not touch down in our area. Below is a recorded radar image, sadly it does not show the hook echo that was seen last night.
There was a tornado that caused damage to 75 homes between Ligonier and
Fairfield PA. The tornado was officially declared by the National
Weather Service of Pittsburgh PA, to be a EF1 (an EF1 is from the
Enhanced Fujita Scale which means it reaches wind speeds between 86 to
110 MPH). Below is a photograph where you can clearly see that the whole roof was ripped off this home. Up to now there were no reports of deaths or injuries, which is always a good thing to hear!
Here is the official report and survey results from the NWS on 6/1/2012
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
127 PM EDT SAT JUN 2 2012
...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR LIGONIER IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY WESTERN
* LOCATION...LIGONIER IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
* DATE...JUNE 01 2012
* ESTIMATED TIME...530 PM EDT
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...300 YARDS
* PATH LENGTH...8 MILES
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH PA HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR LIGONIER IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
ON JUNE 01 2012.
SURVEY IS ONGOING AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.