Friday, July 20, 2007

New Orleans Funnel

A friend and collegue of mine was on a business trip with 2 other folks down in the New Orleans area on Thursday 7/19/07. While they were waiting to go inside to meet with the customer, they noticed a nearby thunderstorm rotating, then drop a funnel at 13:07. It briefly came down about two times the length as shown in shis pic.

Eight minutes later the storm started rotating again pretty clearly, so he snapped another pic.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Night Vision: A New Perspective on Storms?

Randy (KC0IQM) was heading home from the spotter training on Sunday night as storms were rolling into the area. While he was messing around with his video camera, he put it in "Night Vision" mode and caught this video looking north from Ozark.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Storm Spotter Safety Training

There is a storm spotter safety training on Sunday, July 15 at the Greene County Emergancy Management Agency office. It is at 6pm and hosted by N0XJJ. Bob is an experienced spotter in our area, and will be discussing safety points and other pertinent topics. Everyone is welcome.

UPDATE: Thanks to Bob (N0XJJ) for the spotter training. Great information. Thanks Randy (KC0IQM) for the video and Internet stuff. -- The A/V guy.

Monday, July 2, 2007

June 30, 2007 - Severe Wx

At 2:04 PM a Tornado Warning was issued for Greene County, and at 2:09PM another Tornado Warning was issued for another storm in Stone County. To say I was caught off guard is an understatement, but I moved quickly and headed south to the Highlandville area. At 2:20PM, a Tornado Watch was issued, and at 2:31PM the Tornado Warning for Christian County was issued.

As the storm approached Highlandville (in Christian County), it clearly had slight rotation. The wall cloud was very dynamic. At one point a small beavers tail came off the front of the wall cloud, and from a distance, I am sure it looked like a funnel.

From the time I observed this storm west of 160 highway until it was near Ozark, I never observed a funnel. The storm did have quite a bit of scud clouds associated with it that sometimes gave the appearance of a funnel or even dust cloud from the ground. From a close view of the storm, it did not appear to be anything other than scud.

Other spotters on the storm were KB9YZE (Rich), KC0IQM (Randy), KE4LQW (Terry), and I believe W6OQS (John). If I left anyone out, please let me know. All spotters on the storm were reporting the same observations during the time I was involved. Slight rotation, no funnel. At one point there was a question of possible debris, but the consensus was that it was not. That's what it's all about. Reporting what you see, and questioning what you aren't sure of.

Great work everyone. K0ADI (Rod), thank you for the radar work. KE7ABH (Dave) and N0BFR (Brant) were doing a bangup job on the .490. I didn't get much of a chance to monitor, but I do know that N0XJJ (Bob) and KB0UTW (Ian) were on the northern storm.

--Jeff - KB0WVT