Sunday, November 14, 2010

Awesome Tornado Photos from France

Yes, I said France - and in November, no less.  On the 10th near the islands of Port Cros and Levant, a rare and strong supercell storm produced a very picturesque tornado / waterspout.  See the series of photos below, taken by Frederic Capoulade:

Here is a view of the nearest radar, depicting the parent supercell storm at about 07:30 local time:

According to analysis by, (get that French translator ready), "Supercell, shown circled in red on the radar cons of 08h local (source presented supercell characteristics for about two hours, with a phase of maturity particularly clear for 35 to 40 minutes. The mesocyclone passed the zenith of the island of Levant to 7:30 local."

According to the site, the last time a tornado was observed on the French coast was on July 16, 2009. 

No comments: