7/09/06 REPORTS: CO

Figures that after forgetting about this season, 7000+ miles and only one distant tornado (Patricia, TX) to show for it, i'd end up 200 yds from a tornado only miles from my house in Pueblo West.

Was headed home when i saw a mean looking storm to the west, complete with very low rain free base to the south and very green core to the north. So, naturally i kept heading west, hoping to get some hail. On the way i observed a white funnel north of the highway. When i hit the rfd, i pulled off to the south on a business road that parallels highway 50, and backtracked to the east, keeping the 'wall cloud' in sight.
I was quite surprised to see a debris cloud just over the other side of the highway. I followed the tornado on a 2+ mile path east, when the debris cloud widened. Large chunks of debris were being lofted into the air. I pulled over and called my office to report what i was seeing. I never saw the full condensation funnel since i was too close to the debris cloud, but saw some pretty good pics of it taken from a distance later on the local news. Unfortunately, yesterday was the one day i had no camera with me :angry:
Im gonna try to get a hold of some of the many photos ive seen from local residents.
Will probably end up on the books as an F0, but it did flip a trailer and push cars around, so wasn't
too wimpy :)

Maybe it's only of interest to meteorologists, but i wonder how to classify this event. Most in the media immediately referred to the tornado as 'nonsupercellular' or a 'landspout'. Im not sure it's that simple. The storm did have many supercellular characteristics in terms of visual appearance. It did not have a strong low-level radar signature, but a storm to the east on the same boundary did have a strong low level meso and other characteristics (a BWER) of a supercell. Generally the distinction argued is that a landspout develops as a storm forms on a pre-existing boundary. In this case (and i will be reviewing radar today to make sure) i believe the storm moved onto the boundary. I dont believe the vorticity came from the boundary, but was rather formed by the storm itself, just as it would with a supercell. So, it may be correct to refer to the storm as a weak supercell. An interesting question. Id like to hear what some who are more familiar with landspouts and the E CO plains think about it.
Well, i definitiely brought my camera today!

Edit: after reviewing radar loops; the storm did in fact form on the boundary, in line with a landspout
Second Edit (7/11) here's a pic taken by a coworker A Lutz, looking very spoutish. 6 tornadoes reported in this county since '96, but apparently none with this degree of damage. F0-F1. will be obtaining some more photos shortly, also some of the funnels in the SL Valley last couple of days.
sorry for the delay, but just obtained these real cool pics courtesy Randall Coan, pretty much from the same vantage point i had. the tornado was moving east, just north of highway 50 in Pueblo West. ended up doing ~100K damage.