Is this a tornado? ?

Picture was taken in Pittsburgh, Pa June 2003. Why is the tornado cut off? 

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10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Looks like a missile came down.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No that’s a big Eddy

  • 1 month ago

    landspout or a cold air funnel

  • Funnel
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Yep. You can see if you look closely in the middle, light air blur thats soon to be filled with condensation/debris cloud. Looks ef-0 to weak ef-1 at this point.  

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  • 2 months ago

    If that was a tornado, it was a "landspout", and not a regular tornado-

    Landspouts form when there is wind sheer in the upper atmosphere, they generally are not related to thunderstorms, they also tend to be very weak in nature. If you look at the picture, you will clearly see there is NO thunderstorm in sight, there are clear skies in th background, and no thunderhead cloud or shelf cloud (where tornadoes form). 

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, that is a tornado. The cumulo nimbus cloud is just closer to the person who took the picture than funnel cloud of the tornado. The funnel cloud is NOT cut off. Part of the funnel cloud is hidden by the layer of aloud in front of it. 

    A?rotating SUPER CELL already had both convection and conduction as well as low pressure gradient creating the rotation that Created a tornado that may or may not reach the ground. Any credible, real meteorologist would know that

    2003 had a lot of tornadoes?and tornado swarms. May 3, 2003 is the date of the tornado swarm on in the greater Oklahoma City area when the CBS affiliate Gary England and the NBC affiliate staffs all had to bug out and go into tornado shelters. 

  • Arasan
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Probably the tornado is getting dissipated. In such a situation, a break in the funnel cloud is possible.

  • TQ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    At first glance ... this does not look to be a tornado in large part b/c it's not possible to tell whether what appears to be a funnel cloud is pendant to a cumulonimbus cloud nor do any of the clouds elsewhere in the frame remotely suggest convection in the vicinity.

    Both cloud elements could simply be scud.

    Without a specific date to verify whether conditions were favorable for tornadoes that day ... it's not possible to determine  definitively if this is a tornado.

    Source(s): Meteorologist.
  • 2 months ago

    You see the man summoning the tornado funny you? The cloud in the ground is actually a man

  • 2 months ago

    To me it has looked like a funnel cloud that has not touched down.  If it couches the ground it would be a tornado.

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