(Part 1 of 3) This funnel cloud was getting lower, and would soon touch down several times, barely discernible through an ever-thickening pall of rain. Though only brief touchdowns were seen, there was almost certainly a tornadic circulation on the ground through most of this funnel's 8 to 10 minute lifetime. The typical column of dust was absent. Heavy rain had soaked the ground; and the tornado was too weak to raise a visible cloud of mud. This vortex would become almost completely rain-wrapped for several minutes.
8 ENE Belmont KS (16 May 99) looking W.