01/28/06 Newton KS landspout

I remember quite a bit of discussion about this event stemming from the news article accounts of the "funnel" emanating from clear sky, which conjured up an image in my mind of this:


However, NWS Wichita has put up a page about the event which confirms that it WAS associated with a convective cloud (albeit a nonsupercellular one) and therefore was a true tornado.


That's interesting. I was following this from the UK, as several times a year we get (generally) weak tornadoes developing in slack airflows, usually with little capping, and fairly steep low-level lapse rates.

On 1st August, such conditions were present across southern England, and myself along with other TORRO colleagues forecast the chance of such tornadoes (and I like to call them tornadoes as opposed to "landspouts", as, whatever their "genesis" method, they are still tornadoes!)...in the event, just one tornado was reported, but many spectacular funnel clouds were seen and photographed...see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/arti...in_page_id=1770 or http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/content/image...r_gallery.shtml