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surprise tornado in Maryland

By: cws6196 , 2:46 PM GMT on October 20, 2012

Wow! First, my apologies for not warning people sooner about the storm last night, but to be honest, who saw that coming? The forecast and data originally showed no rain after the morning on Friday, but as the day progressed there was indication of scattered showers early in the evening, but not storm potential. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) did eventually place our area under a 5% chance for a watch to be issued, but as far as I can tell, that was it. The local NWS made no mention of any severe weather possible. I say this just to make the point that from my research of yesterday's events I don't believe anyone saw that coming. I take pride in trying to be ahead of the curve in weather forecasting, but events like last night demonstrate that no matter how much science and technology we have, Mother Nature will do her thing.

There was no tornado touchdown, although a funnel was reported near Brooklandville in Baltimore Co. There are also official reports of hail in Carroll Co and wind damage in Harford Co. This event highlights the need for people to have weather radios and to keep them on. One never knows what the weather will do.

Although cloudy, today should be a calm weather day for us.

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