That chaos ripples down to the weather office. Unlike the victims of the storms, for us of course, it is a matter of a minor inconvenience and catching up with tasks put off for storm coverage. This is one of those tasks.
EF3, 4 and 5 tornadoes are classified as major tornadoes. There were three EF3s in the Cincinnati tristate region, 2 - EF2s, 2 - EF1s and 5 - EF0s for a total of 12.
High resolution Doppler radars like the TDWR (Terminal Doppler Weather Radar) often incorrectly called - Turbulence Detecting Doppler Radar - were located near major airports to detect wind shear, wind shifts and turbulence so aircraft can avoid the dangers associated with these on takeoff and landing. There is a TDWR in Kenton County south of CVG.
Here is what TCVG (the TDWR for CVG) saw at 4:29 PM Friday 2March2012.
The well defined hook echo is attenuated by heavy rain at the radar site (big black dot north of Piner) so instead of showing up as a bright yellow and red hook it curls around in shades of green to a distinct yellow "ball" we call a debris ball. Just what is a debris ball? It is parts of houses, trees, peoples memories and prized possesions abducted and pirated away by the 160 mph winds of the EF3 Crittenden-Piner-Fiskburg-Morning View tornado.