El Paso County tornado 8/13/08

Tornado strikes northeast El Paso County...

Mid-afternoon on August 13th, a supercell spawned a tornado southeast of Ramah.   The tornado lasted from 4:16 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. and the path length was approximately 1 1/3 miles.  Preliminarily the tornado damage rating was EF1.

Storm Chasers Dann Cianca and Michael Carlson were on the storm and took photographs and video of the developing storm.  They also conducted a damage survey of the area.  Many thanks to Dann and Michael.

Below is a map of their survey of the damage...

Below are images of National Weather Service Doppler Radar...the first a wide view of reflectivity.  A tornado warning polygon was in effect for eastern El Paso County.

Below is a close up of the reflectivity display...the lone red spot in northeast El Paso County is close to where the tornado occurred.

Below are two photos taken by Dann Cianca.  The one below is of the thunderstorm tower...which was strongly tilted to the east.  It formed on a moisture discontinuity...moist air to the east and very dry air to the west.

Below is the tornado...

Below are damage photos taken by Dann Cianca...the first is a barn which was damaged by the tornado...

Below is a fence taken down on Berridge Road...

A large tire...which was likely lifted out of a gravel pit dump...was carried west and slammed into the fence...

 



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