Tornado Riverside Reservoir July 21 2000
Tornado Tim while driving home towards Greeley Colorado using only his trained eyes
noticed this storm and its potential. Tim did not have any radar, thunderstorm warnings or
information about this storm beyond what he could see with his eyes. After chasing for
enough years you begin to recognize a thunderstorms potential. Weather data, Doppler
radar, and knowing the winds aloft are great for planning ahead, but when it comes down to
it, you need to be able to recognize a dangerous cloud with your eyes. Below is Tims
chase log as his ride home from work quickly changed from a normal ride home into a
tornado chase that he would never forget.
Friday night, July 21st, about 4:50 pm. I noticed a
cloud north of Greeley Colorado that appeared to have the potential for producing a
tornado. Skeptical, I stopped at home, got on the internet and checked the Storm
Prediction Center predictions, then I looked at radar, and decided that my visual
observations were accurate.
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5 Deadliest Tornadoes
|1. March 18, 1925
||Tri-State (Mo., Ill., Ind.)
|2. May 6, 1840
|3. May 27, 1896
||St. Louis, Mo.
|4. April 5, 1936
|5. April 6, 1936
|Scientists studying the tornadoes in Oklahoma on May 3, 1999 measured wind
speeds of 318 miles per hour, the highest ever documented on Earth. Scientist Joshua
Wurman and his team accomplished this by using two Doppler radar
units mounted on separate trucks to study the tornadoes that
ravaged the Oklahoma City area on May 3. The Doppler radar
units used measure winds more than 65 feet above the ground,
making it difficult to compare this data with the Fujita scale.
||Click below for a complete report of the
tornado. Watch the life cycle of a tornado as it forms. Below are
pictures of the tornado it produced.