Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rain-Wrapped Tornadoes

This year we've had many "rain-wrapped" tornadoes -- this means tornadoes that are cloaked by rain and invisible, or nearly invisible, as it approaches. Social scientists tell us that the first action people take upon receiving a tornado warning is to go outside and look for the tornado. But, if that tornado is invisible, you will put yourself in jeopardy if you do not take shelter. 

So, here are a number of photos of rain-wrapped tornadoes:

This rain-wrapped tornado is causing a power flash (the bluish area). But, there is no sign of the tornado, itself. 

Below is the EF-4 Lawrence-Lecompton Tornado.

And, of course, the Joplin Tornado, ten years ago this month. 
The only to have seen it was to have viewed it during a brief power flash.

This is why it is so very dangerous to run outdoors to look to try to see the tornado. It is also dangerous to try to view it from a window -- flying debris may crash through and injure you.

The correct thing to do when a tornado warning is issued for your area is to take shelter. Yes, I know it can feel "silly" to go to the basement, get into a bathtub or shelter in a closet. Take a game or use one on your smartphone to pass the time. Call your relatives or friends to make sure they are sheltered. 

Please keep this in mind the remainder of this tornado season. 

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