Pat Shingleton for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Windermere, Fla., experienced tornado damage this weekend. Sixty years ago, Capt. Robert Miller and Maj. Ernest Fawbush believed a tornado was going to hit Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. As noted in Monday’s column, the latter incident marked the first time in weather forecasting that a tornado warning was issued. By the time the two officers ended their shift, nothing happened, and they were certain they had made a mistake. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the storm hit, and twisters caused $6 million in damage but no injuries. The scientists proved predictions of when a tornado could hit were possible. The Air Force gave them the responsibility for severe weather forecasts for all domestic military bases. March 25, 1948, is recognized as the first tornado warning day.

Fastcast: Freezing.