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Bit of a storm last night(7 posts)

Bit of a storm last nightfiltersweep
Jun 25, 2003 6:00 PM
...in Minneapolis, no less. Straight winds- not a tornado. These pics were taken less than two blocks from home. We were lucky not to lose any trees in our yard.
re: Bit of a storm last nightfiltersweep
Jun 25, 2003 6:02 PM
Needless to say, it was VERY windy...
re: Bit of a storm last nightfiltersweep
Jun 25, 2003 6:05 PM
The strange thing is, all this damage was confined to a rather small area...
About confined damage tracksKristin
Jun 26, 2003 6:47 AM
If you're interested, the confined area of damage is caused by a (still theoretical) phenomina called the "mini-swirl." If you can get past the fact that it sounds like a menu item at Cinnabon, its an interesting concept. (Meteorologists have never been adept at naming things. They're a bunch of math geeks who often suffer in the creativity department.)

A mini-swirl, in weather, is a small, swirling mass of wind within a straightline flow. Imagine a horizontal tornado. You will likely see some guys from the NWS roaming about the neighborhood over the next week. Also, you may want to offer your images to your local NWS office (www.weather.gov), they collect pictures like this to use for storm analysis.
re: Bit of a storm last nightfiltersweep
Jun 25, 2003 6:07 PM
Tonight was not a good night for biking... aside from the rain (still) there is debris everywhere....
re: Bit of a storm last nightThe Walrus
Jun 25, 2003 7:28 PM
Just lower the humidity and ramp up the temperature and you'd know what our semi-annual Santa Ana winds are like in SoCal.
re: Bit of a storm last nightSoftrider
Jun 26, 2003 1:14 PM
You should move to Oklahoma, that is just about a daily occurance during the months of April and May.