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NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection
Catalog of Images

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Thunderstorm out flow from storm core shows up as sheets of wind driven rain spreading from right to left in 1982 photo.
1982
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Lowering wall cloud under main thunderstorm updraft. Tornadoes will generally form in and ground the wall cloud.
1982
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Tornado near end of life - photographed during "Sound Chase." "Sound Chase" was joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University. Purpose of project was to record sounds emitted by tornadoes.
Oklahoma, Cordell May 22, 1981
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Tornado at beginning of life - condensation funnel has not yet reached ground. However, dust cloud at surface indicates tornado touchdown. During "Sound Chase", a joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University.
Oklahoma, Cordell May 22, 1981
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Tornado with dust and debris cloud forming at surface. During "Sound Chase", a joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University.
Oklahoma, Cordell May 22, 1981
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Tornado with large dust cloud obscuring funnel shape. During "Sound Chase", a joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University.
Oklahoma, Cordell May 22, 1981
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"Rope" or decay stage of tornado. During "Sound Chase", a joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University.
Oklahoma, Cordell May 22, 1981
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Early stage of tornado formation. Photo #1 of a series of classic photographs of this tornado.
Oklahoma, Enid June 5, 1966
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The tornado continues developing. Dust and debris have been carried almost half-way to cloud base. Photo #2 of a series of classic photographs of this tornado.
Oklahoma, Enid June 5, 1966
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Tornado in mature stage of development. Photo #3 of a series of classic photographs of this tornado.
Oklahoma, Enid June 5, 1966
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Tornado in mature stage of development. Photo #4 of a series of classic photographs of this tornado.
Oklahoma, Enid June 5, 1966
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The first tornado captured by the NSSL doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. The tornado is here in its early stage of formation.
Union City, Oklahoma May 24, 1973
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The first tornado captured by the NSSL doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. The tornado is here in its early stage of formation.
Union City, Oklahoma May 24, 1973
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The first tornado captured by the NSSL doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. The tornado is here in its early stage of formation.
Union City, Oklahoma May 24, 1973
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The first tornado captured by the NSSL doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. The tornado is here in its early stage of formation.
Union City, Oklahoma May 24, 1973
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The first tornado captured by the NSSL doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. The tornado has reached the mature stage of formation.
Union City, Oklahoma May 24, 1973
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Tornado in mature stage.
Seymour, Texas April 10, 1979
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Tornado in mature stage.
Seymour, Texas April 10, 1979
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Horizontal cloud is ahead of tornado motion while near vertical cloud is behind.
Seymour, Texas April 10, 1979
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Tornado in mature stage.
Seymour, Texas April 10, 1979
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Mature stage of large tornado. Clear slot in clouds illuminates funnel.
Oklahoma, Binger May 22, 1981
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Roff Tornado.
Roff, Oklahoma May 22, 1984
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Roff Tornado.
Roff, Oklahoma May 22, 1984
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Alfalfa Tornado.
Oklahoma, Alfalfa May 22, 1981
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Project Chase 1984.
1984
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Tornado Intercept Project.
1984
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Wichita Falls Tornado.
Texas, Wichita Falls April 10, 1979
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Altus Tornado.
Oklahoma, Altus May 20, 1977
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Orienta Tornado.
Orienta, Oklahoma May 2, 1979
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Arcadia Tornado.
Oklahoma, Arcadia June 8, 1974
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Cheyenne Tornado.
SW of Cheyenne, Oklahoma May 16, 1977
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Norman Doppler Radar installation.
Norman, Oklahoma June, 1973
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Towering Cumulus.
September, 1969
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Doppler radar dome.
1982 ca.
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Up-looking radar captures internal structure of thunderstorm.
1984 June 13 174600
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Up-looking radar captures internal structure of thunderstorm.
1984 June 13 174717
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Image from the Binger Doppler Radar.
Oklahoma, Binger
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Image from the Binger Doppler Radar showing characteristic hook echo of tornado.
Oklahoma, Binger 1981 May 22 191513
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Image from the Binger Doppler Radar showing change in direction of relative wind indicating presence of rotation.
Oklahoma, Binger 1981 May 22 191513
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Wall cloud nearly touching surface.
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Tornado visible through the rain and mist.
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Roped-out tornado visible in the distance.
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Wall cloud with lightning.
Miami, Texas
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Weather surface forecast office personnel monitoring storm near Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Air Force Geophysical Laboratory at Sudbury, Massachusetts.
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Time evolution of storm on radar.
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Time evolution of storm on radar.
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A rare photograph of two tornadoes over the Great Plains.
United States, Western
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A very large hailstone.
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A storm chase on June 19, 1980. This picture appeared in National Geographic Magazine.
Norman, Oklahoma June 19, 1980

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