The man in charge of forecasting at the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., said Monday a number of factors came together and made them miss the tornado that hit Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties early Saturday morning.
"I can assure you, no one was sleeping on the job," said Larry Gabric, the meteorologist in charge at the center that covers the Charlotte metropolitan area.
Gabric said it was a fast-moving system and the tornado developed from the ground up, literally under the radar.
"And by the time you see it, it's almost too late to get a meaningful warning out sometimes," Gabric said.
Meteorologists also failed to send out a severe thunderstorm warning leading up to that tornado, and Gabric said that was mainly because they had not seen a trail of damaging winds leading up to it.