Ida struck last night, around 11 last night I was woken up to my phone buzzing and ringing a funny ring, I googly pick it up and look at it.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for your area!
Oh that’s nice and roll over to go back to sleep. Something in the back of my head kept on saying No, no get up… this could be serious!
I got up and turn on the TV and every station was reporting on the warning and where the “possible areas of rotation” were. Martha’s Vineyard had a number of “possible areas of rotation” and towns on the Cape had warnings issued for Falmouth, Sagamore, Sandwich and Barnstable.
I learned a lot last night, how when you look at the velocity setting on the radar you cans see the “possible areas of rotation” where the red winds moving away from the radar and the green winds that are moving toward the radar, and how tornadoes form in areas of convergence just like the one over the Cape.
On Martha’s Vineyard there were a whole line of “possible areas of rotation” moving across the island and heading for the Cape. There were at least 6 places that could be having tornadoes moving northeast across the Cape and islands. The areas would form and then disappear to only pop up in another place.
You know how they show the predicted path of the storm… well it had Wellfleet in its sights in another 45 minutes. But the storm was losing strength and all the tornado warnings were being lifted and when it hit Wellfleet it was just some very strong winds and very heavy rain. I took my pillows out of the bath tub and went back to bed.
So this morning when it gets light out we will see if any of those “possible areas of rotation” formed any tornadoes.
Update: 9/24/21 @ 4:00PM
Updated full statement: EF-0 Tornado confirmed in DennisI suppose that if you are in its path a F0 is not fun.
September 2, 2021
DENNIS – The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 Tornado confirmed by NWS Storm Survey in Dennis, MA on Cape Cod.
Max winds near 75 mph. Damage was concentrated near intersection of E Bay View Rd & Wampanoag Trail:
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA
532 PM EDT THU SEP 2 2021
…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 9/2/2021 TORNADO EVENT…
.DENNIS, MA TORNADO…
START LOCATION…DENNIS IN BARNSTABLE COUNTY (CAPE COD), MA
END LOCATION…DENNIS IN BARNSTABLE COUNTY (CAPE COD), MA
DATE…SEP 2 2021
ESTIMATED TIME…130 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…75 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…15 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…0.1 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…41.7413 N / -70.2135 W
ENDING LAT/LON…41.7427 N / -70.2134 W
A WEAK TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN IN DENNIS, MA ON CAPE COD EARLY
THURSDAY MORNING AROUND 1:30 AM EDT AND LASTED FOR LESS THAN ONE