Osage County Landspout Tornado July 7, 2010

Osage County Landspout Tornado

Wednesday Evening 7/7/2010


On Wednesday evening, a small storm developed along a stalled boundary across Osage county between 6:30 and 7 PM.  During the developing stages of the storm, it was able to produce a small landspout tornado that was briefly in contact with the ground and did no apparent damage. 

Below is an image of the tornado taken by Mr Earl Barbee of Overbrook.  At 6:50 PM, the Tornado was 4 miles Northwest of Overbrook.  The photo was originally submitted to KTKA 49 TV.


There were also numerous other funnel clouds reported between Carbondale and Overbrook through about 7:05 pm.  Landspout tornadoes are completely different from the damaging supercell tornadoes that one normally associated with Kansas weather.  While they can still produce damage, the chances of them developing into a large violent tornado are very small.  In fact these tornadoes occur so early in the lifecycle of the thunderstorm that often the Doppler radar barely even detects the storm when the tornado forms.  Then once the rainfall begins to reach the ground the tornado dissipates.

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