Panorama of the tornado near Rozel, KS this May. Click the image for a very large version.
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An outflow dominant storm kicks up dust near Overton, Nebraska, June 16, 2013. An outflow dominant storm that is dominated by air flowing out of it instead of air flowing into it -- which can mean some really, really strong straight line winds, but usually the end of any traditional tornado threat. (You can still get some weaker type of tornadoes known as "land spouts" to spin up.)
This was a pretty fun storm to sit close to, as there was no real tornado risk and the winds were stirring up one heck of a dust storm. The wide angle lens makes things seem pretty far off, but the dust on the ground in this photo is less than a mile away and is being lofted a good thousand feet into the air. Dust can be great at times, as it's awesome to physically see air moving on that kind of scale.
There was a non-rotating wall cloud under the storm at the time and some sheriff must have seen the dust and the low hanging cloud and thought "tornado!", as the storm was tornado warned due to a spotter claiming to see a funnel. This was an example of a bad storm report, which happens quite often on the plains. It's better to be safe than sorry, of course.
Posted by Ryan McGinnis at 11:17 PM