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Hill City Tornado 1

Hill City Tornado

From the left (SE) side of a ferociously turbulent wall cloud, this classical looking tornado formed, wrapping in and out of dense rain curtains, clearly visible to me only for about half its 28 minute lifespan. Light conditions were dark and contrast poor, as often is the case under huge and rainy supercells, but I did manage to get a couple of passable zoom shots of the vortex before it fattened and got buried in the murk for good. At the time of the photo below, the tornado was producing F2 damage S of Hill City and very near the location where I shot the initial wall cloud photo about 15 minutes earlier and 5 miles farther SW.

3 ENE Hill City KS (9 Jun 5), looking SW.

Hill City Tornado 2