Weather Flashback

April 2021 - Left Split Circus (April 17, 2019)


Looking carefully toward the center of the scene, a tornado can be observed. The tornado was spawned by a long-lived, left-split supercell thunderstorm that propagated north and east from north central Texas through portions of south central and central Oklahoma. The tornado spun anticyclonic, traveled about five miles, and lasted about 10 to 15 minutes. The tornado moved through open-country, just west of Cornish and Ringling in Oklahoma. When I captured the tornado, it was in its dissipating stage; an elongated "tight rope".  However, this "left split circus" was far from over with. In addition to the "cyclostrophic spectacle",  this storm put on quite a show; featuring a wide variety of hydrometers, lightning flashes, and optical depths. More information about this storm event can be found: here.

Plate 1. Left Split Circus. Captured on April 17, 2019 at 8:08pm CDT. Looking north from 34.16°, -97.61°.