After the Corner Flow

In meteorology, “corner flow” usually refers to the area of upturning of inward-spiraling flow in an intense vortex (such as a tornado).  Here I make a bad pun of it, since this actually was the result of nontornadic, downburst flow at a (street) corner!   The lush thickness of green grass belies the very severe winds that blasted through southern Nebraska and northern Kansas the night before, after a complex of storms evolved out of a large, outflow-dominant supercell in eastern Colorado, then grew upscale.  In Alma, the trees that didn’t topple instead lost many leaves and/or branches, houses sacrificed windows and roof singles, and numerous other signs fell or blew away, and this one bent eastward at ground level.  Although the pole was made of galvanized steel pipe, wind forces applied to the well-attached signs at the top (mainly the Jewell St. sign, given the direction the pole bent) stressed the tube most where the ground acted as an immovable fulcrum.

Alma NE (15 Jun 14) Looking NE
40.0973, -99.3608

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