Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A Microburst That Looks Like a Tornado
As I describe in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather one of the reasons it was so difficult to discern that there was a distinct phenomena called a "microburst" was because they were sometimes reported as a tornado and they did damage. So, "tornado," right?
This morning, we had high-based thunderstorms in the Wichita area and I took this photo of a microburst that -- to the untrained eye -- would look like a tornado, complete with a debris cloud near the ground.
To my eye, the giveaway (other than the fact the atmosphere was not conducive to tornado development) is there was no rotation at all. A tornado at this distance would have shown clear rotation.