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Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas July 1, 2006

Posted by jtintle in Planets, Space Fotos.
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Credit & Copyright:

Eric Nguyen (Oklahoma U.), http://www.mesoscale.ws

Explanation:

The scene might have been considered serene if it weren’t for the tornado. Last June in Kansas, storm chaser Eric Nguyen photographed this budding twister in a different light — the light of a rainbow. Pictured above, a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun, peeking through a clear patch of sky to the left, illuminates some buildings in the foreground. Sunlight reflects off raindrops to form a rainbow. By coincidence, the tornado appears to end right over the rainbow. Streaks in the image are hail being swept about by the high swirling winds. Over 1,000 tornadoes, the most violent type of storm known, occur on Earth every year, many in tornado alley. If you see a tornado while driving, do not try to outrun it — park your car safely, go to a storm cellar, or crouch under steps in a basement.

Comments

1. Rob - July 11, 2006

WOW! That is beautiful AND terrifying.

2. rockwatching - July 13, 2006

Amazing picture! Have you heard of the concept of the space elevator? A friend of mine approached it like it was common knowledge yesterday. Apparently there is this idea of stretching a cable into outer space, being anchored on earth and attached to an object in outer space that keeps the whole line taught. He says the new technologies make the concept a remote possibility. He had a detailed explanation of how the cable would have to change shape as it increased in height etc. etc.

3. Hallie Long - December 13, 2007

im with u rod


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