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Please pray for the families of the three stormchasers who recently lost their lives in Texas

Kelley Gene Williamson ,  Randall Delane Yarnall ,  Corbin Lee Jaeger

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Local Chaser Intercepts Montgomery Co. Tornadic Storm

(Posted by Annette Windsor )

The tornadic storm  that ran a 17 mile course across Montgomery Co. on June 13th was intercepted by Tom Windsor,  a local Damascus resident and storm chaser.   Earlier the fire department reported seeing the  tornado in Norbeck, as it crossed  Georgia Ave. and Norbeck Rd.

In his words and pictures :

“I intercepted the base of the mesocyclone around 4pm. at a golf course on New Hampshire Ave. and  Ednor Rd., southeast of the reported tornado site.  I drove east on Ednor around 4:10 p.m. and experienced  almost horizontal southerly  winds.  Then shortly after, the winds shifted rapidly in from the northwest  showing strong wind circulation.  I  later reported it to the National Weather service in Sterling, VA”.

 Local Chaser Intercepts Montgomery Co. Tornadic Storm

Base of mesocyclone, southeast of Olney / Norbeck Md 6/13/13

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Tornadic  cloud base, southeast of Olney / Norbeck , Md 6/13/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Local Chaser Intercepts Montgomery Co. Tornadic Storm

Tornadic cloud base w/ possible funnel , southeast of Olney / Norbeck , Md 6/13/13

A “Thousand Points” of Citizen Weather Data

Today there is an exponential growth of global “social” weather communities.

When I first started storm intercepting 15 years ago, my connections where national. Now I might run into a few guys from Germany or from Europe on storm vacation tours (like last year). I periodically communicate with a meteorologist in India who has done work on early typhoon warning systems. I might chat with a chaser in Australia and ” shoot the breeze” on a social weather forum.

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Oldest Historic Account of a Supercell ?

Approximately 2500 years ago the biblical prophet Ezekiel wrote an account which I think contains some details that are now only understood in light of modern meteorology. Though he was certainly describing more than a natural storm in the text, he wrote about a great cloud and “a whirlwind coming out of the north.”

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