How Storms Came Together To Form Convective Funnels On Monday


The interaction between thunderstorms on Monday caused some very interesting weather. It had many of you sending us photos through uShare and calling our newsroom. 

Monday afternoon was filled with a lot of storm activity with funnels stretching out from these storms.  The KELOLAND Live Doppler HD Storm Center got lots of pictures and videos of the funnels and even video of a brief touchdown.

From the radar, the storms began around noon and since the atmosphere wasn’t really set up for a large scale storm outbreak, the thunderstorms stayed pretty spotty, would intensify quickly and die out. Outflow boundaries would flow out of the dying storms and those outflow boundaries would trigger more storms.

The brief tornado was created by a spinning updraft going up into the storm and the downdraft coming out of the storms. But if you notice the cloud, it was not rotating, so this spin up was not going to last long because the overall storm structure was not built to support a long-lived tornado.

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