Litchfield-Bristol Tornadoes: July 21, 2010

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By Stephen Barabas on July 21, 2012, 2:36pm

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Two years ago today I was attempting to intercept a storm coming in from New York which seemed to want to ride along the Mass-Conn border.    My initial destination was Winsted, CT.  But the storm gradually began to turn to the right and head southeast.  Getting on Route 8 north, I decided it would probably be a good idea to get off at an exit for Litchfield.  At the last minute, however, I decided to keep going north to Torrington; a fatal mistake for storm intercepting.

While in what I thought was the best position in Torrington, I lost internet for about 20 minutes or so . . . and at the time didn't have a GPS locator on my radar program.   By the time I got the internet back up, I saw the storm had continued to hook southeast and was passing us by to the south, leaving us in the stratiform precipitation band associated with the anvil.    To make matters worse, the storm looked ridiculously awesome with a well defined hook and Tornado Vortex Signature.    As it would be, 4 or 5 separate tornado touch downs occurred from this supercell.    Judging by the storm on radar, it's easy to say that all of which were rain wrapped and doubtfully were seen by the human eye.    Some of you may have seen photos claiming to be of the Bristol tornado . . . unfortunately the one I'm most familiar with is nothing more than what we meteorologists call a SCUD bomb; frequently mistaken for a tornado.

This day still upsets me, but there will be plenty more.


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