If it doesn't touch the ground its's not a tornado, it's a funnel cloud.
Close enough in my mind.
It was for sure not on the ground when it went by, but probably only a hundred feet up or so. It may have touched down at several points along the
way however. Damage reports for about 20 miles, nothing super significant though. Trees, power lines, roofs, etc. Still waiting to hear if it was
confirmed touch down or not.
I've only ever seen one tornado, that was in Wales when a I was around ten years old, and it was a few miles away so as cool as it was it wasn't
exactly mind-blowing or scary.
Here in the British Channel Islands though we've just entered waterspout season, although I doubt I'll see much if anything this year as we no longer
live next to the beach.
Here's a couple of shots and videos (not mine) of local spouts and funnel clouds;
As one can see, it's nowhere near as impressive as those in the US, but still very cool to look at and watch, and there's little fear that it will
cause serious injury or damage (although 1987 was a bit of a cluster#, but that's another thread).
Scientists report that while they're much weaker than in other geographical locations, the British Isles experience more tornados per area of landmass
than anywhere else in the world.
I too would love to drive the plains chasing storms, man, what a rush 🙂 🤙🏻
The US Great Plains has just the right combo of geology and meteorology to create the relatively common formation of large twisters. That's what makes
it unique as a region. It's not that the tornadoes themselves are so unique, just their size and intensity.
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