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Photos could explain Goshen tornado sirens

Courtesy Josh Chupp Courtesy Josh Chupp
Courtesy Julie Gilleand Courtesy Julie Gilleand

Several people in the Goshen area reported sirens going off shortly before 4:00pm on Wednesday.  We received a couple pictures (left) that may shed some light on the situation.

We showed them to FOX28 Chief Meteorologist John Fischer, who had this to say:

"It is understandable why the tornado alarms were sounded by the EMS looking at this particular cloud formation.  Admittedly it does LOOK like a tornado, but it was not.

"There was no rotation picked up by any radars in the area this afternoon including those at the National Weather Service, and no reports of any tornadic activity. It is emphasized in spotter training that there are several things that can indeed often look like tornadoes (scud clouds, rain shafts, etc.) but are not.

"This was one of those cases where an unusual cloud formation briefly looked like a tornado and clearly caused some concern."

The National Weather Service also said this was likely a scud, and tornadoes were unlikely given the atmospheric conditions at the time.

Emergency sirens are set off at the discretion of the emergency management services in the area.  They can set sirens off as a precaution without NWS approval.

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