Sandy Ingellis captured this fairly dramatic funnel cloud over Woodbury last Thursday that I blogged about yesterday. This video appears to be what was used as a deciding factor by the National Weather Service to classify a small section of widespread wind damage as tornado damage.
My friend meteorologist John Bagioni pointed out the similarities between the Woodbury tornado and the 2007 Newtown/Bethel tornado that occurred on the northern side of a bow echo racing through Fairfield County. The radar imagery from this event is more impressive and shows a classic bow echo tornado event.
The tornado occurred in the weak echo region on the north side of the bow’s apex. In this case the tornado was on the ground for nearly 5 miles and the radar signature was much more impressive than last week in Woodbury.
A lot of time these brief tornadoes are somewhat hidden by more widespread wind damage. In the Bethel/Newtown case the damage path was very well defined and fairly significant in certain areas. Last week in Woodbury it was very difficult to determine where straight-line wind damage stopped and tornado damage began.