Tornado Wednesday evening in Central Las Animas County

A series of severe thunderstorms moved across rural area of Las Animas County Wednesday evening, April 21.  One supercell produced a tornado (7:09 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.) within the boundaries of the Pinon Canyon Military Reservation southeast of Thatcher, Colorado, in a remote, rugged, uninhabited area.  NWS Pueblo is determining whether a trip to the general area is feasible and/or practical.  As of early Thursday morning, no photos were available of the tornado.  Below are radar images of the supercell thunderstorm.

Image 1: Radar reflectivity data at 716 pm MDT 21 Apr 2010


Image 2: Radar velocity data at 716pm MDT 21 Apr 2010 (radar location -- top of the image;  'red' pixels = wind flow away from radar;  'green' pixels = wind flow towards the radar)


Created: Thu 22 Apr 2010 - 845am MDT



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