Roger Meggers, Municipal Airport Manager and owner of Baker Air Service, is one Baker resident who has a trained eye when it comes to weather conditions and tracking storms.
By Sherry Vogel
He was gracious enough to share these aerial photographs he and his son Darrin captured from his single engine Piper Supercub while flying over the aftermath of the June 11 F-3 catastrophic tornado that wreaked havoc in an eastside lake front neighborhood. Meggers also gave a testimony of what he observed last Saturday evening.
“At approximately 6:45 p.m., I was standing on the airport ramp watching the storm come into Baker. The overhead clouds had a circular motion with a funnel hanging out to the south,” he said. “I watched as the funnel came out of the cloud and touched down a couple miles south of Baker Airport. The funnel then tracked in a northerly direction, continuing with circulating debris across the airport north to the Sixth and Seventh Street East area.” Meggers continued to survey the tornado as it turned to the northwest then hovered (approximately 7:00 p.m.) for a few minutes in the Sixth Street East area. “It was just roaring loudly,” he exclaimed, “then just one extreme lightning bolt!” Meggers continued to witness the tornado as it developed a water spout out of Baker Lake for about 20-30 seconds. Then he said, “The tornado started to move again to the northwest, and then immediately quit after the water was ingested, and all the debris rained out.”