N. Ind. funnel cloud grabs deputy, car

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A sheriff's detective following a funnel cloud on Thursday had her patrol car picked up and lifted over a 3-foot-high fence before landing upside down in a field.

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mykidzmom

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Apr 27, 2007
 
THANK YOU LORD
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mykidzmom wrote:
THANK YOU LORD
thanks for the tornado

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Apr 27, 2007
 
It's a good thing sheriff's deputies wear brown pants.
Meatball

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Apr 27, 2007
 
Why was the deputy following the funnel cloud? Don't we generally move, call me crazy here, AWAY from tornadoes?
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Apr 27, 2007
 
Funnel clouds don't cause damage on the ground. If the patrol car was picked up, it is a tornado by definition.
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Apr 27, 2007
 
Meatball wrote:
Why was the deputy following the funnel cloud? Don't we generally move, call me crazy here, AWAY from tornadoes?
You would think.
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Wonder why it didn't sound like a freight train?
Indy

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Apr 27, 2007
 
It used to be policy that sheriffs deputies has to have visual confirmation of a tornado. That is why the deputy would be going towards the tornado and not away. Not sure if this is still the case.
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Indy wrote:
It used to be policy that sheriffs deputies has to have visual confirmation of a tornado. That is why the deputy would be going towards the tornado and not away. Not sure if this is still the case.
Ok but why would you get in front of the thing. You always want to keep it ahead of you.

I hope the hell she wasn't trying to arrest it. LOL
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Apr 27, 2007
 
That'll teach her to mess with Mother Nature!
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weathernut wrote:
Funnel clouds don't cause damage on the ground. If the patrol car was picked up, it is a tornado by definition.
In a supercell there are two areas that generate wind damage, the outflow at the leading edge of the cell (straight line winds) and the rotating updraft that feeds the cell at the rear. A funnel cloud is just a manifestation of the intensity of the supercell updraft. As the intensity increases, the winds are sucked in closer to the ground and ultimately a tornado is born. Sometimes a tornado looks like a funnel cloud because the condensation cone does not reach the ground. This does not mean that a tornado hasn't formed. Weathernut is right and the deputy needs to be trained a little better about tornadoes.

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Too funny nice going barnette
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Apr 27, 2007
 
A conservation officer was lucky to be alive after the 20 Sep 2002 tornado:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/public/novdec02/digest....
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Apr 27, 2007
 
he's right!
nonsequitor wrote:
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In a supercell there are two areas that generate wind damage, the outflow at the leading edge of the cell (straight line winds) and the rotating updraft that feeds the cell at the rear. A funnel cloud is just a manifestation of the intensity of the supercell updraft. As the intensity increases, the winds are sucked in closer to the ground and ultimately a tornado is born. Sometimes a tornado looks like a funnel cloud because the condensation cone does not reach the ground. This does not mean that a tornado hasn't formed. Weathernut is right and the deputy needs to be trained a little better about tornadoes.

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dorthy?
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Apr 27, 2007
 
Meatball wrote:
Why was the deputy following the funnel cloud? Don't we generally move, call me crazy here, AWAY from tornadoes?
I don't know about that particular agency, but our agency requires us to following the tornado. Someone has to report the path and direction of the storm. We can't always rely on the Doppler radars to be 100%. I know it sounds crazy, but it is true.
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Indy wrote:
It used to be policy that sheriffs deputies has to have visual confirmation of a tornado. That is why the deputy would be going towards the tornado and not away. Not sure if this is still the case.
Yes, it is for our agency. As crazy as it is, we are required to keep a visual of the tornado for reporting purposes. The Doppler Radar is not always 100% accurate as we all know.
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Bryan wrote:
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Ok but why would you get in front of the thing. You always want to keep it ahead of you.
I hope the hell she wasn't trying to arrest it. LOL
For what? Speeding?

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Apr 27, 2007
 
Seatbelts save lives! Whew!
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Apr 27, 2007
 
Colaxais wrote:
It's a good thing sheriff's deputies wear brown pants.
Hahahaha

Thank you very much for the chuckle this morning!

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