Possible cyclic supercell over the Netherlands on July 25th

A relatively low topped (about 10 kms) supercell crossed the Netherlands from southwest to northeast on Monday July 25th. The storm formed near the river Rhine, south of Utrecht and activated over the province of Utrecht. Most likely it died near Meppel, Drenthe.
Over Soest (my hometown) it produced a tornado at about 12.25 LT, which resulted in F0 to possibly F1 damage. My friend and colleague Ben Lankamp did see the tornado and shot several pictures:

Later that day he performed a damage survey and concluded F0-F1 damage (text in Dutch):
I haven't seen the tornado over Soest, but I chased the storm between 12.40 and 14.40 LT. Fortunately it was rather slow moving, so I could chase in the ideal province of Flevoland. I observed multiple rotating wall clouds, sometimes the rotation could be described as violently. Once in a while rotating fractus clouds could be seen all the way down to surface level. I haven't seen any debris clouds, but I'm rather positive I've seen a tornado. One time while driving I saw multiple funnels rotating around a common centre, making it look like a multiple vortex tornado. De wall clouds occluded after about 15 minutes, but new ones formed almost instantly.
A more detailed chase log (in Dutch): http://www.weerwoord.be/includes/forum_rea...9169&tid=309169

The day after, commercial weather bureau Meteo Consult mentioned a tornado report near Hasselt on their website. This tornado was produced by the same cell I was chasing, but I aborted the chase about 15 minutes too early :(
Picture of the tornado near Genne/Hasselt, north of Zwolle:

The supercell formed in a very moist and slightly unstable air mass. There was some speed shear present and because of backed surface winds, low level directional shear was present as well. LCL's were extremely low and low level lapse rates were rather steep. Furthermore, no convection formed at the southeast side of the storm, so inflow stayed relatively warm. The cell was rather long-lived, at least 3 hours, produced at least 3 tornadoes and had multiple meso's. So I think it must have been a cyclic supercell.

My chase pictures can be seen on my website (http://www.weatherpictures.nl), but it's hard to photograph rotation! ;)

Spouts aren't uncommon in The Netherlands. A couple of dozen form each year, mainly over water surfaces. Tornadoes associated with mesocyclones do occur as well, but they aren't that frequent. During the last century there have been several reports of F3-F4 tornadoes though.

Yesterday multiple waterspouts formed in northern parts of the country.
Today and the next few days supercell changes increase again. Estofex has put us under a moderate risk:

Very nice pics! :)

That last photo reminds me of one of the tornadoes from Supercell B on May 3, 1999 as photographed by Gene Rhoden.


Nice photos and interesting storm there! Thanks for posting it - - -


This tornado was produced by the same cell I was chasing, but I aborted the chase about 15 minutes too early

It's comforting to know this is an international phenomena and not just something I'm personally forced to experience every spring. :)
Thanks, I wish I shot (or even saw) that tornado, I came so close...

Yesterday, there was another "outbreak" (at least from a Dutch perspective).
There were at least two and possibly 6 tornado touchdowns in the
Netherlands. The first one near Moordrecht at about 18.30 LT, the second
near Nijkerk at about 19.25 LT.
There could have been tornadoes just east of Rotterdam, near Woerden, north of Amersfoort and in Garderen as well.
At work I saw a passing supercell with a slowly rotating wall cloud.
(pictures at
This supercell was responsible for the tornado near Nijkerk and the possible
tornadoes near Woerden (eyewitness), Amersfoort (source: KNMI) and Garderen (several eyewitnesses: wind
damage to trees, cars and roofs).
Alwin Haklander performed a chase near Nijkerk, but he just missed the
tornado I guess. His chase log:

A busy week so far, and still two interesting days ahead!