Southern Hemisphere Tornado Photo

Image courtesy Estelle de Coning, South African Weather Bureau

Southern Hemisphere Tornado (Online Tornado FAQ)

This tornado was photographed near Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa, on 12 Dec 1999. It doesn't appear too different from many tornadoes associated with high-based thunderstorms on the U.S. Great Plains. Unlike most of the American versions, however, this one was rotating clockwise. Cyclones spin counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise south of the Equator; so this tornado was still "cyclonic" by definition.