05/10/05 Grand Island, NE: SDS Relief - Video

Been going through last season's video and here's another SDS relief video! May 10, 2005 Grand Island, NE looked like it was going to be a bust when just before sunset this Meso formed and went tornado warned and passed right over us. Later that night we observed what we thought to be a tornado in the distance - you be the judge?!

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A lot of people on this day, had the same problem....determining if it was indeed a tornado or a microburst. Lots of chasers had grief. I believe it is a tornado, looking at Kurt Hulst's footage of and Verne's it does look more like a tornado now. Does anyone know if this reported as a tornado, or even if it was reported at all?
 
I saw something like a tornado closer than you position and for a while I was more than sure that it was a tornado..The only thing I can say it's that the probable tornado was not condensated till the ground and it took a lot of dust in the air in a second time.
 
A lot of people on this day, had the same problem....determining if it was indeed a tornado or a microburst. Lots of chasers had grief. I believe it is a tornado, looking at Kurt Hulst's footage of and Verne's it does look more like a tornado now. Does anyone know if this reported as a tornado, or even if it was reported at all?

What "tornado" are you talking about? Besides a couple high-based funnels from the storm... Me, Kurt Hulst and Pete McConnell (and Stacy Young) never seen any tornadoes from this storm (besides a very questionable tornado afterdark -- which could have simply been an RFD dust kickup). There was a BUNCH of fake tornado reports that day... Including a very large RFD plume when nightfall was underway. That wasn't a tornado at all... If that is what you are referring to:

<img src=http://midwestchase.com/10-May-2005/tn_cap8.jpg>

This was the very questionable tornado:

<img src=http://midwestchase.com/10-May-2005/tn_10-May-2005-12.jpg>

See that little funnel-ish lowering and the dust kickup under it? I don't count this as a tornado at all... But it was slightly questionable (not sure if it was tornadic circulation). Additionally, here is another "tornado" that I believe was reported via law enforcement (the storm was now just east of GRI):

<img src=http://midwestchase.com/10-May-2005/tn_cap1.jpg>

The storm moved eastward, looking crappier and crappier (really pushing itself out, as nocturnal cooling continued and CINH was increasing) -- before it seemed to pump back up slightly (as noted on reflectivity here) as it neared York. A tornado was reported just after this radar capture:

<img src=http://www.midwestchase.com/5-10-05radarcap5.jpg>

CONFIRMED TORNADO 3 MILES NORTH OF YORK ON ROAD K REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. (GID)

Verne's video stills do make it look convincing that it was a tornado (this is when the storm started to pump back up again -- with a nice RFD slot seen here)...

<img src=http://www.stormchaserco.com/20050510_T1_1.jpg>

Myself et al. were not in view of this tornado at all. They are not the same ones (Verne's possible tornado was NW of York, while that afterdark kickup we all saw was over an hour earlier). We stopped for about 20 minuites at a gas station... Semi calling-off the chase as the storm looked more crappier -- before catching up to it again as it approached York -- and we were well behind it (before we all slept in York that night). In my original report on ST, I think I reported 5 funnels (which sounds about right) and one somewhat possible tornado. But after reviewing everything, I can't call it a tornado at all.

I know for a fact you are referring to the thing we saw over an hour earlier... Not the possible tornado in Verne's video.
 
Nick, I'm talking about the sedong picture down, digital still with the lightning. It was the one where the lightning was almost never ending every second, and was the source of light for you guys, where you both were sitting in the car, observing the anomaly. That was a very questionable situation, and I still don't know, but it really looked like a tornado to me, but who knows. :?
 
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