The National Weather Service says it appears that 75 tornadoes touched down in four states Saturday… after forecasters warned of a “high risk”, with Wichita at just about ‘ground zero’. The meteorologists were right on the mark.
We began monitoring the situation in the K-N-S-S Weather Center around 3 p-m Saturday afternoon and went into Operation Stormwatch full coverage at 8:45 p-m. Our storm trackers described the tornado heading for southeast Wichita and described the damage at the aircraft plants before rescue workers and law enforcement arrived. A Weather Channel meteorologist correctly predicted that the twister would hit southeast Wichita.
The folks at the National Weather Service building near Mid-Continent Airport went to shelter for thirty minutes at one point. That’s the only time I recall that happening in my 40-plus years of storm reporting.
Great job by the forecasters! Great job by our storm trackers! It is amazing … some might say ‘miraculous’ … that no one was killed.
Our thought for today is from H. G. Wells:
“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery.”