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This was another example of pinpoint storm warnings. At left is the tornado about 5 minutes from Vilonia (circled). The “debris ball” (a sure signature a tornado is on the ground) is clearly present (also circled) southwest of the town.
At right is the Doppler wind display showing the “couplet” (circled) of rotating winds southwest of the town. Vilonia was under a tornado warning at the time the tornado struck (purple polygon on left image).
Our hearts go out to the people of Vionia who lost their homes and loved ones in this storm. But, it likely would have been worse without the advance warnings.
With today another “high risk” day, meteorologists who serve these regions are working overtime. I want to salute them for their vital and lifesaving work.