NWS Louisville Photo Album:
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes 2014

 Special Page:  May 10 hail

 

Southwest of Scottsville, KY April 28 2014 Funnel cloud southwest of Scottsville on April 28.  Shane Holinde/WBKO
Barren River Lake April 28 2014 Funnel cloud near Barren River Lake on April 28.  Shane Holinde/WBKO
Lightning April 28 2014 Waco KY Lightning striking the ground near Waco on April 28.  Jason Rawlins
Crawford County IN rain shaft and foot Thanks to Wade Bell for sending us this excellent photo showing a shaft of torrential rain cascading onto central Crawford County on May 12.  Sudden downpours like this can generate strong, gusty winds as the rain hits the ground and pushes air outward.
Not a tornado

Here's another great shot from Wade Bell on May 12.  That low-hanging cloud in the lower left of the picture looks like a tornado or funnel cloud, doesn't it?  In fact, it's simply a harmless, low-hanging cloud.  When viewing cloud formations like this, look for any rotation.  If it's rotating, keep a very close eye on it.  Otherwise, it's probably just an innocuous low cloud.  Also note that the feature is partially obscured by trees.  In the Great Plains it's often easy to tell if a funnel is reaching all the way to the ground.  However, in southern Indiana and central Kentucky there is a great deal of foliage and topography that can make it very difficult to tell if a cloud formation is truly touching the ground or not.

Storm over Bowling Green June 4 2014 This rotating storm produced a wall cloud over Bowling Green on June 4.  Fortunately no tornado developed.  Jason Darnall
Scudnado This low hanging cloud formation developed near a heavy downpour in Lexington on June 20.  It's pretty scary looking, but fortunately was completely harmless.  Davy Buttery via Bill Meck/WLEX
Scudnado More low hanging clouds over Lexington on June 20.  The technical term for these is "stratus fractus" though most often we simply refer to them as "scud."  Davy Buttery via Bill Meck/WLEX
Clays Ferry scudnado This sure looks like a tornado, doesn't it!  However, this is merely a harmless low cloud, forming in a very moist atmosphere on the edge of a heavy downpour at Clay's Ferry on June 20.  Bill Meck/WLEX
Tree down in Frankfort, Kentucky Winds clocked at 55 mph felled this tree in Frankfort on June 20.  Sue Ellis via Bill Meck/WLEX
A downburst felled trees between Lyndon and Graymoor-Devondale in Jefferson County, KY on July 7.  Tim Hargis/WAVE
Wind damage July 7 2014 The above storm knocked a tree onto this unfortunate vehicle near the intersection of Herr and Westport.  Mark Powers/WAVE


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