Storm Pictures from Cloud 9 Tours 1998
|Tuesday, May 19, 1998: Northeastern Colorado. A couple of "bird fart" towers went up and got sheared apart at upper levels. Lack of low-level moisture was a big problem today.|
|May 19: What did go up died out pretty quickly. These storms produced some nice pictures, but they were barely strong enough to produce rain.|
|May 19: A view of the Cloud 9 chase armada looking at these storms. After these storms died out, nothing else formed that day.|
|Wednesday, May 20: After spending the day in Holyoke, CO, we headed north into Nebraska to catch this storm near Sidney. This one had a decent meso and a semi-defined wall cloud.|
|May 20: Another shot of the Sidney storm with the meso and wall cloud visible.|
|May 20: Panoramic shot of the Sidney storm with a distinct rear flank downdraft (RFD) cutting into the meso from the left and trying to cut it off. This storm had a tornado warning on it at this point, but nothing ever formed. It turned into an HP bomb later on with baseball size hail.|
|Sunday, May 24: These damage photos were taken from the May 24 supercell
near Lamont in north central OK. The house in this photo sustained F2/F3 damage, while the
trees look almost F4 as they were totally stripped of leaves and outer limbs. The house's
roof has been torn completely off. Pictures are from approximately 1 mile south of Lamont.
For an official damage survey of this tornado, go HERE.
|Panoramic shot of the May 24 tornado damage.|
|This house sustained F1/F2 damage.|
|Sheet metal embedded in the trunk of a tree. It was embedded so deep that we were not able to remove it. Evidence of what these winds can do.|