Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 am
Tue June 10, 2008

National Weather Service continuing damage assessment

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service has no plans to re-evaluate its guidelines for issuing a tornado warning following Sunday's storms.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Meyer says Sunday's tornado is an instance where even they were surprised by the storm. He says the radar showed a small line of storms with a bow echo on the front end. That usually indicates strong winds, but doesn't necessarily associate it with a tornado.

Meyer says National Weather Service crews are still assessing damage in the Millard and southwest Omaha areas. He says the tornado's EF2 status was based in part on field observations combined with a damage assessment scale.

Meyer says tornadoes in Nebraska in June aren't at all uncommon, but the characteristics of Sunday morning's tornado were rare.