Tags archives: tornado

  • Between a Mesocyclone and a Tornado

  • The rising dust under this ragged but rapidly rotating wall cloud also was moving around in a closed circulation—just not as visually intensely as the clouds above.   If I had to guess, it was near the margins of the lower EF0 wind threshold of 65-mph three-second gusts, but of course this storm did not have a mobile radar o[...]
  • Tornado without Funnel

  • The supercell already had offered a pleasant dose of high-based scenery two hours before, and a gustnado near a previous mesocyclonic occlusion in the intervening hour.  Although the southeastward-moving storm remained high-based as it approached the Richland/Piedmont area, we surmised that it might have one brief shot at a [...]
  • Wellington Wanderer

  • Despite bouts of furious rotation, the mesocyclone of the spectacular Wellington supercell only could condense brief funnels and a couple of small but unmistakable tornadoes during its journey across the eastern Panhandle.  This little but lively tornado, seen here from several miles away with aid of a 400-mm zoom lens, buzz[...]
  • Nebraska Prairie Whirl

  • Conditionally dangerous yet ultimately harmless, the visible part of this vortex eased across the sinewy roll of the central Nebraska landscape for nearly 15 minutes, metamorphosing from tentative funnel to elephant-trunk form, this, then a vaporous mimic of dental floss.  The tornado behaved itself, avoided substantial stru[...]
  • Slapout Late

  • Viewing the "Slapout tornado's" surroundings at wide angle reveals an arcus cloud on the right side (NNW of the tornado), which actually was the rear-flank gust front for a large, newer, rain-wrapped mesocyclone forming unseen to our W (off the screen to the right).  The whole scene looks rather "gust-fronty". Indeed, if we [...]
  • Oklahoma Panhandle Did It Today!

  • For hours, this dryline-born storm puttered erratically north-northeastward across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles as a high-based multicell and weak supercell, seemingly allergic to the concept of robust organization.  We got disgusted by its poor structure and seeming impotence in spite of favorable deep shear, and left [...]
  • Barely Tornadic Bowl

  • After its impressive debut (especially for a high-based storm that hadn't threatened to produce for a long time beforehand), this surprise tornado continued to churn along at slow forward speeds across the high tablelands of northeastern New Mexico, for more than 10 minutes.  Very faint, occasional wisps of rotating dust occ[...]
  • Stovepipe Tornado

  • This long-lived (over half an hour) tornado was obviously well-organized and probably quite intense at times, capable of great damage to a populated area. During its early and small stage it injured two kids in an overturned vehicle along I-80 and destroyed some unanchored mobile homes.  Fortunately, the vortex missed nearby[...]
  • Scales of Spin

  • Jon Racy, John Hart and I  saw at least six tornadoes with two supercells on this major outbreak day, but under generally lousy, low-light photography conditions, after being unable to get to the Panhandle in time for the most visually striking tubes farther SW.  Regardless, this was an outstanding storm-intercept day.  The [...]
  • Tornado through the Rain

  • The '98 Dover tornado, about to dissipate four miles to my east-southeast, was shredding and uprooting trees along US-81 at the time of the photo.  The diffuse grayish-pink area to is near right was made of veils of rain circling the mesocyclone, aglow in the cloud-muted pastels of early-stage sunset light. Rain also began o[...]
  • Bennington Tornado: Broader View

  • Here is a wide-angle view of the long-lived, nearly stationary Bennington tornado during one of those transitional phases between cleanly visible and rain-wrapped, as a heavy cascade of rain and hail descend through the occlusion downdraft at cloud base (turquoise area).  Given its erratic, very slow movement and EF5-level w[...]
  • Vortex Stretching

  • The already improbable Connerville tornado stretched ever longer into a slender, graceful, somewhat translucent, yet still intense vortex, buzzing across the open country as if a vaporous drill bit.  While this will be forgotten in the annals of historical tornadoes due to its lack of damage, I consider that a wonderful thin[...]