WBRZ News 2: Today, an EF-1 tornado briefly touched down in East Baton Rouge Parish near Old Hammond Highway. Video confirmed the twister and damage photos verify what was surely a terrifying stretch of seconds for those nearby.
Unfortunately, those nearby did not receive a notification from their WBRZ WX App. or a NOAA Weather Radio, because for that particular storm, there was no warning and no sign of a tornado. Until one actually forms and is spotted or reported, on-duty meteorologists can only warn for tornadoes based on what Doppler radar is displaying.
A textbook tornadic signature on radar will feature a well-defined “hook appendage” on the southern end of the storm cell with a storm motions showing wind moving toward and away from the radar at the same time, indicating rotation.