Egyptian "Tornado"

Rebekah LaBar

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Yesterday at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, astronomer Aymen Ibrahem dashed outside during a rainstorm "hoping to photograph a rainbow." Instead he found himself face-to-face with a rare Egyptian tornado:

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"The last tornado in this part of Egypt happened in 1981," says Ibrahem.

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Strong tornadoes are born in rotating thunderstorms called supercells. To make a supercell, you need a cold, dry mass of polar air crashing into a warm, moist mass of tropical air. These two kinds of air frequently meet in the mid-section of the United States--hence Tornado Alley. But they rarely meet in Egypt. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Indeed, there was no supercell over Alexandria yesterday. The twister Ibrahem saw was probably a lesser form of tornado called a "funnel cloud," which didn't even reach the ground. Nevertheless, "I was lucky to catch it," he says.[/FONT]​


I thought it was rather amusing to find we now "make" supercells from those crashing air masses...and a funnel cloud is just a "lesser form of tornado", lol. Interesting occurence and nice photo nonetheless.
Is it coincidence that there's something white poking up from behind the building right about where a debris cloud would be?
Yes I noticed that too, Andrew, but unless its debris coming off maybe a
building its well above "apparent" ground level. OR ... maybe a steep hill rises immediately behind the foreground building.

I wondered the same thing. I expanded the photo and concluded that whatever the object in question is, it's a solid structure and is neither a debris cloud nor associated with the tornado. Could be the top of a high-rise.
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