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Saw this in the midlands (County Offaly or so) on Saturday afternoon. It was definitely a tornado - it changed its shape and lasted just a few minutes.

OK, so not strictly astronomy-related. But still - it's not something you want to have bearing down on you in the middle of an observing session!
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Tornado

I was just waiting for this to happen,
anyone had equipment affected by lightening strikes ???

Last week during one of those damn thunder showers, I noticed that a huge dark cloud above and to the west of us was rotating :shock: and quickly too ! I was thinking if that thing forms a tornado over the house, then I'm moving to Australia :lol:
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Replied by DaveGrennan on topic Re: Tornado

Chris,

Great photo and thanks for sharing. Definitely a tornado alright. Well defined although I'd say it wasn't about to do too much damage.

Heres an image I got of a supercell which resulted in a tornado which dissapated just as it touched down. By the time I grabbed my camera this is all that was left of it.



This was from my back yard in Raheny 18 August 2005.

On new years day that year I was in a graveyard in Harold's Cross when an amazing storm hit. I literally ran for my life back to my car. I made it just as a wall of water and wind lifted the back of the car and then dropped it again. I later learned that the storm contained a pretty decent tornado which overturned a car in Clonee. The clouds were so black and visibility was down to practially zero, apart from the lightening dancing around me. It was the only time I was ever really scared of weather in this country. I really expected a tree to come crashing down on me.
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Tornado

Chris,
like your shot in the first post, I have seen that before. A very rare phenomena in this part of the world.
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Replied by jmcc5 on topic Re: Tornado

There was another one reported in Clonakilty, Co. Cork on Monday or Tuesday and the Irish Examiner had a good photo of it on the back page the following day.
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Replied by Keith g on topic Re:

Guys, Interesting stuff, these storms are getting worse alright. Can't you send your reports and pics to an organisation called TORRO, I don't have the web address, but they track all tornados in the UK and Ireland...

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Replied by fguihen on topic Re: Tornado

All this ( and the most recent lightening storm ) have made me very interested in meteorology. can anyone recommend a good book on meteorology. Not a beginners book, but not some hugely complicated thing either.
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