Tornado behind Rain
(Part 2 of 3) The Belmont tornado's condensation funnel barely could be viewed through curtains of rain wrapping around the low level mesocyclone. This is uncommon but not rare in Kansas, where visibility typically is good. Imagine this in the eastern U.S., however, hidden behind trees -- making for much more difficult spotting! Inexperienced or inattentive spotters and chasers could drive into something like this rather easily, especially if there were even more rain or less of a condensation funnel present. This is one of the few HP (heavy-precipitation) supercell tornadoes I have witnessed; though I have been closer to a couple that were hidden.
8 ENE Belmont KS (16 May 99) looking W.