Landspout tornado

Landspout tornado

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Credit: JIM REED PHOTOGRAPHY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Landspout tornado with a debris cloud, crossing a farm field. This rare, close-range photo, taken within 45 metres of the tornado, shows the violently spinning vortex. In the background is the cloud (white), from which the tornado formed. A tornado is a violent rotating column of air that can form during the growth of a cumulonimbus (thunderstorm cloud). Landspout tornadoes are small, relatively weak tornadoes associated with less severe thunderstorm clouds. They are so-called because they resemble waterspouts, but occur on land. Tornadoes are most common in the mid-west USA. Photographed in May, in western Kansas, USA.

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