Storm Warning

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Brian Barnes

Storm chasers monitor a supercell thunderstorm near Newcastle, TX in May of 2013 that produced 100-mph straight line winds, tennis ball sized hail and two tornadoes. Supercells are storms with a persistent updraft that last longer than 20-minutes and have well defined structure. Such storms produced a variety of storm related effects such as wall clouds, hail, mammatus clouds, torrential rains and tornadoes. Seventy-five percent of all the tornadoes in the world happen in the United States, most occur in a region of the Great Plains known as "Tornado Alley".

Location: Newcastle, Texas


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