Monday, May 23, 2011

Joplin Tornado

Another tragic tornado has rumbled through the midwest.  Below are radar reflectivity and velocity images from yesterday afternoon's event in Joplin, MO.

Seen at center left is the remarkable signature of a mesocyclone.  In particular, note the incredible hook-like appearance in the Doppler velocity analysis.  One of our readers wanted a cross section, but I'm operating in mobile fashion and don't have all my tools at my fingertips.

Unlike most meteorologists, I have no interest in seeing another tornado after watching the 1999 Salt Lake event rumble through my neighborhood.  I prefer storm chasing Utah style, which involves deep powder skiing in the Wasatch Range.

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