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Nimmatibel storm, south of sydney today.

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Re: People say we dont have Tornados in Australia....you be the judge!
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008, 08:36:42 AM »
Sure looks like a tornado to me, but I am no weather expert.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008, 09:27:35 AM »
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Re: People say we dont have Tornados in Australia....you be the judge!
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2008, 10:22:48 AM »
Tornadoes can happen anywhere anytime with the right weather conditions. Sometimes we have them here at a time of year we are not suppose to have them. 
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Re: People say we dont have Tornados in Australia....you be the judge!
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2008, 10:40:07 AM »
Is it still a tornado if it is spinning the opposite way?  And I thought that down under the funnel would be bigger at the bottom?  :roll:  That would be a cyclone, not a tornado...

Seriously, though, there are also shelf clouds and different weather patterns that can look amazingly like a tornado, although that looks like a tornado.

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Re: People say we dont have Tornados in Australia....you be the judge!
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2008, 01:42:31 PM »
We are not supposed to get tornadoes either but this summer there sure were some close calls and a few water spouts reported.  Below is a great picture a funnel cloud that was taken at a pier near the bay where I live.  There was a water spout reported this day.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2008, 02:19:40 PM »
Reeegs,
That is a cool picture! Looks like a shelf cloud, I'm not a meteorologist, so I can't recognize funnels. 

http://weathersavvy.com/Q-Shelf_Roll_Clouds1.html

We watched an awesome storm roll in over Lake Michigan that looked just like that, it was awesome...this huge shelf cloud and storm rolling closer and closer, and as it got just overhead the wind went from still to raging...we had to get out of there pretty quick because that sand was blasting us!

We get quite frequent water spouts on the lake, they are similar but not the same as tornadoes... although infrequently we get tornadoes.  Something about the warmer water with the cooler air above.

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Re: People say we dont have Tornados in Australia....you be the judge!
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2008, 04:53:50 PM »
We are not supposed to get tornadoes either but this summer there sure were some close calls and a few water spouts reported.  Below is a great picture a funnel cloud that was taken at a pier near the bay where I live.  There was a water spout reported this day.


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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2008, 05:48:30 PM »
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Is that edgewater park marina? I have been to taht marina i think. Wifes from Cranston, and I'll be in Green Hill for holidays.
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Nope that is actually Bowen's Wharf in Newport.  It is pretty down in Green a little more country then Newport.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009, 12:46:38 AM »
Hello Mick,  I asked the old timers here once if we ever get tornados.  One time a man was building a house in town and a little tornado came through and knocked over his new construction, leaving houses around intact.

Perhaps we don't get the difference in extreme temperatures here to have a lot of tornados.  (even Melbourne only goes from icy cold one minute to bitter cold the next).

Being a bit inland, we usually just get the remnants of cyclones, the rain, but the old folks have also seen weakening cyclones come down the river.

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Re: People say we dont have Tornados in Australia....you be the judge!
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2009, 09:43:58 PM »
I live in an area that gets a real tornado about once every 10 years and relatively small ones at that, though even a small one can be a knuckle buster for those unfamiliar with them.  We do get a lot of dust devils, momentary swirls of grass, leaves, and dust.  The difference in magnitude of the dust devils between the west side (puny) and the east side of the Cascades can be dramatic.  At times when I be on my way to or from my brothers I've seen as many as 10 dust devils at a time.  In the summer and fall when the wheat farmers are mulching the wheat stubble those dust devils can reach 500 feet into the air and be 30 feet across.
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