As I typically do after a tornado hits Region 8, I'm going back and looking at radar images closely to see what we can learn for future storms. While the NWS has not confirmed a tornado yet, I'm 95% sure it was a tornado that hit Caraway.
After the storm hit, a lot of rumors were floating around on social media. The most widespread rumor was that 10 kids were missing that were Trick or Treating. Everyone ended up being accounted for and that story was stretched a little, but before I found out the facts, it hit me hard. As I said though, as of midnight, everyone is safe.
Let's take a look at some of the data on radar. First off, this is a new product that we can show. It's a derived product that shows where the greatest wind shear was occurring. Each area of shear below was a different time-frame. Do you see the yellow areas near Caraway on two of the scans? That was the likely tornado. Remember, click on the images to enlarge.
Another radar product that we show a lot in tornado coverage is the velocity product. This simply shows the wind speed and direction. The red areas show wind going away from the radar site in Memphis. The greens and blues show wind coming toward the radar site. Here are three radar scans of the rotation as it comes into Caraway:
I hope to be LIVE in Caraway tomorrow, so stop by and say "hi" if you live there!