Providing comments like "the wind was so strong and carrying so much grit in it it felt like pins and needles were sticking in me" and "I had to push my body against it to get back inside," it became clear that the storm had produced more than ordinary gusts. Probing further, the following report was received regarding the estimated wind speed: "I say close to 50mph...it was enough to blow over my overfull (sic) trash can." Then on Tuesday morning, an MWN follower said, "we lost 2 trees last night. Quite a few trees down in the neighborhood."
|Reflectivity (precip - left) and velocity (wind - right) at 10:05pm on July 30, 2012.|
A thunderstorm producing damaging wind is depicted.
MWN sincerely thanks all of you who provide feedback on what is happening in your area, particularly through our #mSpotter Twitter-spotting program. Your reports are immediately transferred to the Memphis NWS office and help corroborate warnings, improving the quality of the information the NWS disseminates to the general public. This is just one example (another is the Germantown flooding from a few weeks ago) in which the NWS was able to verify the presence of severe weather through your first-hand accounts! Keep it up and thanks so much!
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