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Scuddy Rope-out

Scuddy Rope-out

[Part 5 of 6] This title sounds like the nickname of a 1940s B-western movie cowboy, but instead it's what was happening to the visible part of the tornado in its final minute or two of existence. Chunks of scud formed as rain-cooled air continued encircling the tornado and asphyxiating its inhalation of warm, unstable inflow air. Even though the condensation funnel was narrowing and breaking up, a tornadic circulation still was on the ground at the time. This would be come apparent several seconds later in its good-bye "kiss."

11 E St. Peter KS (22 May 7), looking NE.