Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Photos

Posted on: 1:55 pm, May 21, 2013, by , updated on: 02:17pm, May 21, 2013

Daniel Lamb, a former resident of Huntsville and former employee at the National Weather Service in Huntsville was storm chasing near Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.  Daniel now works for the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi.  He photographed the tornado as it formed and grew into a violent tornado.  Thank you, Daniel for sharing your amazing photographs with us!  The notes under the photos are Daniel’s description of what he saw. 

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This series of images was taken from a field along US 62/277 north of Newcastle. The funnel cloud was already evident behind above and to the right of the foreground tree shortly after we arrived.

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Four minutes after the first image rapid rotation continues in the wall cloud with a funnel cloud beginning to poke out. A few seconds later, the funnel continues to lower.

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One minute later (5 minutes after the first image in this set), the funnel is even more evident.

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6 minutes after the first image in the set, there is a tornado.

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7 minutes after the first image in this set, the tornado is down and begins to grow quickly.

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8 minutes after the first image. At this point we were able to hear a low roar.

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9 minutes after the first image in the set, and the tornado is now significantly wider.

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A satellite funnel is evident on the right side of the tornado.

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10 minutes after the first image in the set. The tornado is crossing I-44 and moving toward Moore.

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