Like you I have been dumbfounded after seeing the video from the stage collapse this weekend at the Indiana State Fair. There is a blog with really excellent analysis of what happened, including a play-by-play of the radar imagery available.
If you’ve been watching Rachel and me on FoxCT you probably remember a storm last month where we pointed out exactly the same feature that caused the trouble in Indiana: a gust front.
These are easily visible on radar, but only if you know what you’re looking for!
After reading these storms were being monitored by a public safety officer on his smartphone Rob White, the blogger who did the analysis, added:
On his smartphone? Really, the Special Operations Commander and fair Executive Director were monitoring the potential for incoming severe weather on a smartphone? I’m sure many of the fans out in the crowd were as well, but most of them weren’t expecting to make a life or death decision on it.
This comes back to a point that I’ve tried to make many times on this blog. When it comes to severe weather safety and preparedness at a major public event, the organizers and/or managers of such an event need to leave it to a professional to monitor the weather for them – not a layman watching the weather on a smartphone (or even on a computer via the internet for that matter).
I couldn’t agree more. It’s easy to look at the radar and think everything is obvious. It is not. That was proven this weekend in a tragic loss of life.
This is the video of a tragic event. Lives were lost onscreen. You should consider this before clicking play.