Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 22 Eads Colorado Tornadoes

Jon Merage and I got a late start out of Denver and blasted Southeast through Limon to just North of the Eads Colorado area. We had no data so I called Dan Cianca who told me a tornado warned storm was coming up from the South. Thanks Dude! We peaked a hill to see an elongated looking storm with several tornadoes on the ground!

We will have to do some video analysis to see how many different tornadoes we actually recorded. LCLs were very low and it was almost impossible to pick out separate mesocyclonic features. These tornadoes were occurring in an environment characterized by a 54/54 temp/dewpoint with incredible shear. We observed several multivortex tornadoes with assorted cones, trunks, and ropes, followed by a wedge. The storm seemed to die after the wedge so we headed into Southwest Kansas and caught a large tornado from a distance looking North from just West of Garden City Kansas.