Cone Tornado and rear flank downdraft - Howes, South Dakota
Cone Tornado and rear flank downdraft - Howes, South Dakota

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Caption   A dark, cone-shaped tornado roars across the ranch land near Howes, South Dakota. The hole in the clouds through which sunlight is streaming is due to a rear flank downdraft. Such a downdraft often appears just before a tornado, and some have theorized that it plays a role in tornado formation and strengthening.
Photo Id   w3252-747e-d6e04
Date and Time   May 24, 2010   2:31 PM
Location   Howes, South Dakota
latitude 44° 37' 5.1" N       longitude 102° 1' 18.4" W
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