National Weather Service Assesses Damage, Confirms Tornado

March 07, 2017 07:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down near Clarks Grove Monday night, after spending all day Tuesday assessing the damage.

NWS sent two meteorologists to look at the damage in the city.  They say it's easy to look at the damage and feel like a tornado must have hit.  But without video proof, NWS has to investigate the types of damage that a storm leaves behind.


"The overall pattern, when you see trees or damage pointing in one way, versus another way, that can tell us tornado versus down burst... or maybe a combination of both sometimes," explained NWS Meteorologist Todd Krause.

The survey not only helps determine whether or not a tornado touched down, but also helps meteorologists continue to better understand storms.

"What I find on the ground here we compaire with what the radar showed," Krause told ABC 6.  "That actually helps us learn something about storms in the long run, for the next time storms come along."


Jim Peterson

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