On June 24, 2010 around 2:30 I was stuck on the tarmac at Newark Airport waiting to fly to Seattle. There’s no worse place to be for a Connecticut meteorologist when a tornado is tearing through Bridgeport.
The storm wasn’t a classic supercell like we saw 3 weeks ago in Massachusetts. Like the Woodbury tornado 2 weeks ago and then Bethel/Newtown 2007 tornado this one was a quick spin up on the leading edge of a downburst/bow echo.
The rotation was very difficult to see on radar yet the National Weather Service was still able to get a tornado warning out about 13 minutes before the touchdown. Very impressive!
The storm was only on the ground for 0.15 miles but did a substantial amount of damage near downtown and I-95. The associated downburst resulted in widespread damage through eastern Bridgeport and the western portion of Stratford including a 78 mph wind gust at the KBDR ASOS.