posted on Jun, 9 2014 @ 10:46 AM
Torandoes Tear Through mountains
Tornados in the Rocky Mountains are exceeding rare. The tornado in the photo above happened 2012 on Mt. Evans over 14,000 feet high. It's one of three
tornadoes we know of since 1992 that formed on one of Colorado's 14ers.
Why it's so unlikely to see a tornado in the high country is simple to explain
All things being equal, for every thousand feet gained in elevation there is roughly a 3°F drop in temperature. Colder air at the surface is
inherently more stable, and thus colder high elevation landscapes are more stable.
Also high altitude wind events tend to rip apart the cloud rotation necessary to form tornadoes here.
With that being said 6 of the 8 tornados that touched down in Colorado yesterday, Sunday 6/8/2014 occurred above 8,000 feet!
Now I'm no weather expert, but even I know having one tornado touchdown in the mountains every few years is kind of expected. Having 6 in one day is
unprecedented! Unheard of!
Granted they were nowhere near as strong at the ones they get in OK or KS.
but it does make me pause and think to myself--- Something out of the realm of normalcy is going on here--- and I don't know what it foretells?
edit on 9-6-2014 by HardCorps because: added link to news source