May 21, 2010

Storms formed in the Wabash Valley on the afternoon of May 21, 2010.  These storms slowly developed to the southeast and crossed much of southern Indiana and northern Kentucky.  Strong winds from different directions in the middle and upper parts of the atmosphere caused many of the storms to rotate, while winds near the surface were relatively weak.  As a result, many wall clouds and possibly several funnel clouds formed, and one tornado did touch down in eastern Breckinridge and northwest Hardin counties.  (What is a wall cloud?)

We at NWS Louisville received many photos of these spectacular looking storms.  Thank you to everyone who sent us these pictures to share!  (If you have a photo or video to share, fell free to send it to us!)

Click on an image for a larger version:

Anderson County

Anderson County

Hail between Waddy and Alton on Benson Creek Road.  Photo:  Jerame Brown

Anderson County

Wall cloud near Lawrenceburg.  Photo:  Pierce Larkin

Lawrenceburg

Wall cloud near Lawrenceburg.  Photo:  Pierce Larkin

This rotating wall cloud, in the following six images, traveled from Anderson County thtrough Franklin County to Woodford County.  Photos:  Dr. Les Anderson

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Anderson County

A rotating wall cloud north of Lawrenceburg.  Photo:  Shawn Wilson

Anderson County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Anderson County

Velocity Radar Loop


Big Spring Tornado (Breckinridge and Hardin Counties)

 

Breckinridge County

Breckinridge County.  Photo:  NWS

Breckinridge County

Breckinridge County.  Photo:  NWS

Hardin County

Hardin County.  Photo:  NWS

Hardin County

Hardin County.  Photo:  NWS

Hardin County

Hardin County.  Photo:  NWS

Hardin County

Hardin County.  Photo:  NWS

Map

Track map.

Big Spring

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Big Spring

Velocity Radar Loop

 

Fayette County

Looking west from Lexington toward Frankfort

Wall cloud seen looking northwest from Lexington.  Photo:  Greg Brotzge

Fayette County

Photo:  John Bradshaw

Fayette County

Photo:  John Bradshaw

Fayette County

Photo:  John Bradshaw

Fayette County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Fayette County

Velocity Radar Loop

   

Franklin County

Franklin County

Wall cloud in southern Franklin County.

Franklin County

Wall cloud in southern Franklin County. 

Franklin County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Franklin County

Velocity Radar Loop

Jessamine County

Jessamine County

Looking west from just north of Wilmore toward a wall cloud within a spectacularly rotating storm.  Photo:  Rick Schrantz

Jessamine County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Jessamine County

Velocity Radar Loop

Mercer County

Mercer County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Evan Rice

Mercer County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Jeff Meadows

Mercer County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Danny Wheatley

Mercer County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Danny Wheatley

Mercer County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Danny Wheatley

Mercer County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Danny Wheatley

Karen Larmour

An amazing wall cloud.  Photo:  Karen Larmour

Mercer County

Looking west from US 127 in northern Mercer County.  Photo:  Nancy League 

Mercer County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Mercer County

Velocity Radar Loop

Nelson County

This great series of wall cloud photos was taken by Mark Smith, looking north from the Blue Grass Parkway.

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Nelson County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Nelson County

Velocity Radar Loop

     

Orange County

Paoli

Shelf cloud advancing on Paoli.  Photo:  Brett Porter

Orange County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Orange County

Velocity Radar Loop

Scott County, Indiana

Scott County, Indiana

A rainbow briefly appeared after the storms passed by.  Photo:  Jeanne Newton

Scott County IN

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Scott County IN

Velocity Radar Loop

Scott County, Kentucky

Scott County, Kentucky

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Jack Donovan

Scott County KY

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Ron Miller (no larger version available)

Scott County KY

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Ron Miller

Scott County KY

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Scott County KY

Velocity Radar Loop

Washington County, Indiana

Washington County, IN

Rotating wall cloud north of Salem.  Photo:  Grady Joslin

Washington County, IN

Rotating wall cloud north of Salem.  Photo:  Grady Joslin

Washington County, IN

Possibly a shelf cloud or wall cloud south of Salem.  Photo:  Grady Joslin

Washington County IN

Just south of Salem on Painters Lane at Old IN 60 looking northeast.  Photo:  Rhonda Abbott

Washington County IN

Just south of Salem on Painters Lane at Old IN 60 looking northeast.  Photo:  Rhonda Abbott

Washington County IN

Just south of Salem on Painters Lane at Old IN 60 looking northeast.  Photo:  Rhonda Abbott

Washington County IN

Just south of Salem on Painters Lane at Old IN 60 looking northeast.  Photo:  Rhonda Abbott

Washington County IN

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Washington County IN

Velocity Radar Loop

 

 Woodford County

Midway, Woodford County

Possible wall cloud in Midway.  Photo:  Bud Kraft

North of Versailles

Wall cloud north of Versailles.  Photo:  Rick and Kathy Jones

Woodford County

Reflectivity Radar Loop

Woodford County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Danny Owens

Woodford County

Wall cloud.  Photo:  Danny Owens

Woodford County

Velocity Radar Loop

The following photos were all taken by Steve Blake in Woodford County:

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PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
1003 AM EDT SAT MAY 22 2010

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0551 PM TSTM WND DMG FRENCH LICK 38.55N 86.62W
05/21/2010 ORANGE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

POWER LINES WERE DOWNED ALONG STATE ROAD 56 IN FRENCH
LICK.

0646 PM FUNNEL CLOUD ENGLISH 38.33N 86.46W
05/21/2010 CRAWFORD IN BROADCAST MEDIA

BROADCAST MEDIA REPORTED ON CHAT THAT THEY HAD VIDEO OF
A FUNNEL JUST NORTHWEST OF ENGLISH.

0658 PM HAIL ENGLISH 38.33N 86.46W
05/21/2010 E0.75 INCH CRAWFORD IN TRAINED SPOTTER

0732 PM FUNNEL CLOUD MILLTOWN 38.34N 86.27W
05/21/2010 CRAWFORD IN BROADCAST MEDIA

MONTY WEBB FROM WHAS 11 CALLED TO REPORT THAT REED
YADON IN THE STATIONS HELICOPTER HAD SEEN SEVERAL
FUNNELS IN THE FOUR COUNTY AREA NORTH OF MILLTOWN. ONE
MAY HAVE BRIEFLY CONTACTED THE GROUND OVER AN OPEN
FIELD... NO DEBRIS OR DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. ANOTHER
MULTIPLE VORTEX DEVELOPED AND LIKEWISE MAY HAVE
CONTACTED THE GROUND... WITHOUT DEBRIS OR DAMAGE.

0739 PM HAIL FRANKFORT 38.19N 84.87W
05/21/2010 E1.00 INCH FRANKLIN KY TRAINED SPOTTER

0753 PM HAIL 6 W ALTON 38.08N 85.04W
05/21/2010 E1.75 INCH ANDERSON KY EMERGENCY MNGR

0825 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 SW BIG SPRING 37.79N 86.18W
05/21/2010 BRECKINRIDGE KY AMATEUR RADIO

SIDING BLOWN OFF A MOBILE HOME.

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