Possible Rain-Wrapped Tornado

june4Late Wednesday afternoon, I was in the vicinity of what appeared to be a rain-wrapped tornado in western Kentucky. Due to trees and rain, it was very difficult to see anything conclusive. Toward the beginning there was definitely a low, rotating wall cloud. As I got closer and intercepted the storm a few times, it got very windy with swirling winds, near-zero visibility and some branches and leaves flying through the air.

I did not see anything conclusive and I still have to get home to Connecticut and review the footage. I’ll have a few things to post later on, maybe in a day or two.

What I will say is that the reports of a “violent, mile-wide wedge” are bogus. I was right there and didn’t see anything like that. I started on the north side, dropped around to the west and then got out in front of the storm to the south. I even drove through the area where the “wedge” was reported and saw a total of one tree down.

Was there a tornado? Probably. My best guess is a weak, intermittent rain-wrapped one. Maybe an EF-1, but I’ll leave that up to the National Weather Service to decide conclusively.

Also, I was in pursuit of what looked like an even more impressive (possible) tornado earlier in the afternoon, but being in a heavily forested valley pretty much shot any chances of seeing anything conclusive there too.

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Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com. After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design. He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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