Friday, March 30, 2012

Rare Video of a Tornado in Mexico on March 29, 2012...

The above video shows a rare sight - a tornado in Mexico. Don't get me wrong... tornadoes are not rare in Mexico, but a video of one certainly is!

This tornado was captured by Melissa Estrada yesterday, March 29, 2012, at approximately 3:30 PM CDT along the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey Highway, reportedly between kilometer markers 68 and 70.

Note an overturned truck in the center median at about 3:05 into the video.  The truck was presumably hit by the tornado, or some other sort of thunderstorm outflow turned it over.

This is a nice video showing most of the structure of the tornado.  She also very wisely came to a complete stop when she got too close, then resumed her travels after the tornado had safely crossed the road (unlike the truck, apparently).

This same complex of thunderstorms later produced very large hail across a widespread area deep in the valley of South Texas on Thursday evening. Golfball to baseball sized hail caused extensive damage in the McAllen and Mission areas.  The hail accumulated up to 6 inches deep in some places:

Photo courtesy Gabe Hernandez/The Monitor

McAllen Area Starbucks Battered by Hail
Photo Courtesy NWS Brownsville

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