Bear, Idaho Tornado Update

This is an update and supplement to my previous post on the Bear, Idaho Tornado.
I’ve had several emails with questions and comments about the Bear, Idaho tornado. As such I’ve decided to write a follow up.

Thanks to a comment on my last post, I was informed that the National Weather Service updated the storm report from the Bear, Idaho event to state a “Strong F2” was responsible. I’ve verified that by watching the news, but I have yet to find an updated report on the local NWS site or on the SPC site. Oddly enough, the storm archieve on the SPC site doesn’t show the tornado report. This is likly due to the fact that the damage wasn’t reported till the next day. Though, the storm report page has been updated with the infamous red triangle. If anyone sees the NWS report online noting the upgrade to F2, leave a comment with the link.

Here’s a quote from the previous post:

I don’t doubt it was a Tornado as the NWS team determined. I wonder if they underrated it. The damage area is reported being ten miles long and up to one mile wide. I’ve never had any dealings with an F1 that was one mile wide.

So, I won’t say it… but Becky did:

Just heard on the news tonight that the tornado in Bear had been upgraded to an F2……..guess you were right!!! 

Thanks Becky, looks like further review of the damage swath and effected structures/forest caused to up the estimated wind speeds. The final report wasn’t far from F3 either. I think a strong F2 or light F3 is about right. But the truth is, noone will ever know. Me saying they underrated it was just a guess. I do feel better that they came back and reclassified it, but even that is just a guess, an educated guess. Mine wasn’t that educated as I couldn’t see the damage first hand, only pictures taken by locals, the news and the sheriffs department.

I’ve had some questions sent to me about how the storm setup, atmospheric conditons and such. Let me first say storm chasers and forcasters know alot about tornado development in flat land or relatively flat areas. Thow in large mountains and the terrain becomes more of a factor and less is known. Most forecaster would agree with me on that.

Anyway here’s the Mesoscale Discussion #1063 that covered the area. If you’d like to see all the details view the event archive

Thanks for all the emails about the event. if you have any pictures/reports from the damage area, please send them to me.

According to KTVB this is the strongest Tornado in the state in 50 years.

One last note, you notice I mentioned in my last post that I wanted a good chase. Refer to the last post to read about my chase earlier today.

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