Early St. Peter Vortex
[Part 1 of 6] The parent supercell had gone through several nontornadic occlusions, the last couple of which were deeply rain-wrapped. This attempt seemed destined to the same precipitation-entombed fate, even as the funnel developed within. By this time, a tornadic circulation probably was on the ground. With the tornado far from anywhere that it could cause casualties and on a track toward more open country, I merely was enjoying the scene -- grateful to have found such a classically scenic Kansas vantage, and hoping to witness the tube for a minute or two more before it got even more deeply buried in rain. The storm had a pleasant surprise in store...
11 E St. Peter KS (22 May 7), looking N.