18th May 2003
© Rod Aikman - 2003
Images © Clyve Herbert - 2003
Images © Mike Scull - 2003
A supercell captured in the area on the day after the Bendigo tornado - 19th May
Image © Clyve Herbert - 2003
Report and observations from Bendigo: courtesy Kevin Parkyn (Monday 19th May 2003) - Bureau of Meteorology - Severe Weather section
I was able to interview a BoM storm
spotter in Bendigo who saw the tornado. He was less than 200 metres from the tornado,
which extended from a very low cloud base to the ground. He said it could have been up to
100 metres in width. He said the tornado was very clear as it was so dark with loads of
debris. He also commented that as he watched the storm approach from the northwest that
the cloud structure was such that it looked as if it had 'rotating swirls'.
From a meteorological perspective there was certainly enough shear in the lowest 10000ft for storm organisation, yet the CAPE was lower and 'skinny'. In fact it probably has more charactersitics of a 'coldie' than a warm season severe thunderstorm - perhaps a hybrid!
I heard Rod Aikman interviewed on ABC
Radio and thought that he was 'sensational'.
information and images will be added as they come to hand....
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With thanks to the Bureau of Meteorology for the use of the images and the Bendigo Advertiser, Shawn Smits, Mike Scull, Rod Aikman, Kevin Parkyn, Andrew McDonald, Clyve Herbert.
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