We really enjoyed Steve Lyttle’s blog about the March 3 tornado (courtesy of the Charlotte Observer):
How strong was the tornado? Or more specifically, was it really stronger than an EF2.
Granted, to the people who lost their homes or had them heavily damaged, it seems trifling to quibble over the strength of the tornado. This is a scientific issue, but an EF3 rating would have been interesting, because since 1950 — the start of the data base kept by NOAA — there has not been a tornado stronger than an EF2 recorded in Mecklenburg County.
Also from the Charlotte Observer, a good piece on the biggest weather threat in Charlotte:
“More people have died in Charlotte floods over the last 20 years than from tornadoes and lightning combined,” said Dave Canaan, director of the county staff for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.