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OldRightHander
06-16-2008, 08:05 PM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/06/13/us/13tornado-blog.jpg

Story here.

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/13/a-remarkable-photo-from-tornado-country/

SunDeck
06-16-2008, 08:20 PM
If I'm that close to a tornado, I'm not out there taking pictures.

Reds4Life
06-16-2008, 08:21 PM
Wow! :eek:

NorrisHopper30
06-16-2008, 08:28 PM
Holy crap

BUTLER REDSFAN
06-16-2008, 08:43 PM
I saw this on The Drudge Report website the other nite...looks like a picture out of The Ten Commandments.

KronoRed
06-17-2008, 12:32 AM
If I'm that close to a tornado, I'm not out there taking pictures.

I'm running in the other direction...wow.

HotCorner
06-17-2008, 12:54 PM
Awesome photo!

justincredible
06-17-2008, 01:06 PM
That photo is incredible.

klw
06-17-2008, 01:22 PM
Actually that may not be a tornado. See discussion here
http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?blog=weathermatrix&partner=accuweather&pgUrl=/mtweb/content/weathermatrix/archives/2008/06/iowa_tornado_photo_or_not.asp
Things to look at are the fact there is no debris and that the cloud appears smooth up and down and not turning. Great photo though.

harangatang
06-17-2008, 01:44 PM
Great photo but that isn't a tornado. Actually what you are seeing is called a "mothership" in the meteorology world which is a mesocyclone. A mesocyclone is a large area of rotation within a thunderstorm that *can* produce tornadoes, but doesn't necessarily do so. From this picture, I see no tornado and it is most likely a wall cloud. A wall cloud forms under the mesocyclone and *can* produce a tornado, but not all the time. Wall clouds can form very near the surface and appear to be a tornado when there isn't a clear view. From my personal experience, I was storm chasing in Indiana one day and I thought a wall cloud could have been a tornado until I got close enough to find it no more than 100 feet off of the ground.

Here is a link of a very low wall cloud that is sometimes wrongfully known as the "Katrina wall cloud" taken by well-known storm chaser Mike Hollingshead. Pictures 6 and 7 counting only the storm pictures and not the RADAR are very good examples of how low wall clouds can become given the correct environment.

http://www.extremeinstability.com/04-6-13.htm

The next link is one of the best examples of a "mothership" mesocyclone that I have seen either in person or in photographs. If you scroll down to the 2nd and the 3rd pictures on the webpage you can see why the term "mothership" is used.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/634637

On a side note, I do have a degree in meteorology and I am an active storm chaser as well. If there is some interest I would be willing to post and discuss some of my pictures and experiences.

harangatang
06-17-2008, 01:45 PM
Actually that may not be a tornado. See discussion here
http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?blog=weathermatrix&partner=accuweather&pgUrl=/mtweb/content/weathermatrix/archives/2008/06/iowa_tornado_photo_or_not.asp
Things to look at are the fact there is no debris and that the cloud appears smooth up and down and not turning. Great photo though.That's definitely right, I'm glad someone has corrected that.

dougdirt
06-17-2008, 01:59 PM
On a side note, I do have a degree in meteorology and I am an active storm chaser as well. If there is some interest I would be willing to post and discuss some of my pictures and experiences.

Storm chasing is always something I have wanted to do. Storms intrigue me a lot and I don't really know why.

MrCinatit
06-17-2008, 02:08 PM
On a side note, I do have a degree in meteorology and I am an active storm chaser as well. If there is some interest I would be willing to post and discuss some of my pictures and experiences.

Do it! I will kiss that orangutan on the mouth!

Seriously, while the above picture is rather spectacular, the pictures on harangatang's links are breathtaking.
I've noticed Weather.com has been posting links to some rather tremendous tornado footage, most taken by security cameras. One shows the inside of a bank being hit, another showed cars being flipped in a parking lot, while another showed a house being hit almost dead on.

TeamSelig
06-17-2008, 02:31 PM
Awesome picture. Gives me a patriotic feeling, oddly enough. Big huge storm and the flag is just standing it's ground if you will.

HotCorner
06-17-2008, 03:24 PM
Storm chasing is always something I have wanted to do. Storms intrigue me a lot and I don't really know why.

Ditto. Please post away harangatang.