PHOTO GALLERY- MAY 30 & JUNE 1, 2004
Wall Cloud, Funnel Cloud and Tornado Photos:
First photo (below) shows the F-2 tornado near Hopkins Central High School, just south of Madisonville, Kentucky on May 30. This photo was taken by Steve and Ann Moss, relayed courtesy of WFIE-TV.
Photo below shows a much weaker and shorter-lived tornado in the same county (Hopkins County, KY) only a couple of days later on June 1. This tornado was just east of Hanson in the northern part of the county. Photo taken by David and Amy Hill.
Note: Although some of the following photos appear to show funnel clouds, they are funnel cloud "look-alikes." The difference can usually be determined only by watching the cloud over a period of time for rotation. The captions above some of the photos contain information about the rotational characteristics of the cloud, as reported by the photographer. Funnel clouds and tornadoes are, by definition, rotating columns of air.
This is a rotating wall cloud three miles north of Carrier Mills, IL on June 1, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. The cloud hanging down appears to be a funnel, but is just scud clouds. The wall cloud was rotating, but there was no rotation with the scud cloud. The scud cloud just presented itself at the right time to appear as a funnel. Photo and description courtesy of Tracy Felty.
June 1, Taken near the intersection of Highway 81 and Keller Road near Calhoun, KY by Phil Needham.
June 1, taken near Madisonville, KY by Robin Wyatt.
June 1, four photos taken from Madisonville industrial park looking north, by Steve Williams. (Same storm as above).
June 1, rotating wall cloud with possible funnel cloud photo near Eldorado, Illinois taken by Lee Allen.
June 1, photo of lightning illuminating clouds at dusk near Eldorado, IL, courtesy of Lee Allen.
June 1, photo of mammatus clouds near Eldorado, IL also courtesy of Lee Allen.
Photo taken June 1 near Fort Branch, Indiana courtesy of Charle Kiesel.
Another photo on June 1 from Charlie Kiesel near Fort Branch, Indiana. Small rainbow appears near base of storm.
This rotating wall cloud moved into Harrisburg, IL. This storm cell continued
towards Equality and Shawneetown, IL, dropping quarter size hail in both towns. Photo
taken June 1 courtesy of
Photo of funnel cloud over downtown Paducah, KY on May 30, courtesy of Beau Dodson.
Photo of the same funnel cloud, taken a few minutes earlier looking east from the Paducah National Weather Service office.
Photo of tornado over Todd County near Cedar Grove, taken from the North Todd Elementary School on May 30. Photo courtesy of Nena Francies.
Severe structural damage to a house in Massac County, IL about 6 miles northwest of Metropolis on May 30. Photo courtesy of Jane Ruggles.
Photo of damage from the tornado near Darmstadt, Indiana (just north of Evansville) on May 30.
Photo of damage from the tornado near Barnsley, KY (Hopkins County) on May 30.
This is a severe thunderstorm building just east of Stonefort, IL on June 1, 2004 at about 5:30 P.M. At this time, Saline County 911 received reports of golf-ball size hail falling from this storm in the southern part of the county. Photo and description courtesy of Tracy Felty.
June 1: Photo of storm clouds along the Ohio River at Newburgh, Indiana, taken by Shawn Weber.