Dual tornadoes on the ground in Nebraska

coker_dual_tornadoesStunning photo of dual tornadoes within a mile of each other on June 16th, 2014

Photo taken by stormchaser Matt Coker. Click image for full size.

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June 16, 2014 6:17 pm

Awk! Global Warming, Global Warming. Awk!
Just thought I’d beat the alarmist parrots to the punch.

June 16, 2014 6:20 pm

Looks awesome! 🙂

June 16, 2014 6:34 pm

Global warming? HAARP? I’ve heard both blamed for weather phenomena, have a suspicion that the same response should be reserved for both of these ideas.

Sweet Old Bob
June 16, 2014 6:41 pm

Cut the town of Pilger in half. Not good.

June 16, 2014 7:03 pm

2 tornadoes 1 mile apart never happened before global warming.

June 16, 2014 7:07 pm

Reblogged this on Carson Solutions and commented:
Dual tornado so awesome and dramatic.

June 16, 2014 7:20 pm

Such power in such a tiny portion of the world. Yet, the warmistas still believe we can control all of Mother Nature.

June 16, 2014 7:45 pm

Dammit Jim, I mean Anthony, no radar links ?

June 16, 2014 8:00 pm

“We’ve got sisters!”
(Yes, I’m one of the two people in the world who liked Twister…)

June 16, 2014 8:08 pm

I’ve seen multiple funnels many times, but two big ones that close together is probably very rare. The warmists have a new poster to scream and shout about. Actually, this phenomena is just as much proof as anything else that the climate is changing, no proof at all, but they will surely use it to bolster their religious fervor.
Here are some others, in case someone claims it never happened before.

June 16, 2014 8:18 pm

Auntie Em! Auntie Em!!!

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 16, 2014 8:20 pm


Twin funnels in Elkhart, Indiana taken by Mr. Paul Huffman on April 11, 1965
(Photo courtesy of NOAA NWS)

Is that far enough before “modern” global warming to show it did happen in the past?

Chris B
June 16, 2014 9:26 pm

The rapidly accelerating frequency of this sort of weather being photographed is a direct result of an unprecedented growth in Global Cellphone Camera Operation.
God help us…….

Chris B
June 16, 2014 9:32 pm

Chris B
June 16, 2014 9:35 pm

Chris B
June 16, 2014 9:37 pm

Last one.

June 16, 2014 10:32 pm

We’re all doooomed…

Chris B
June 16, 2014 10:50 pm

jones says:
June 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm
We’re all doooomed…
Billions will die by the end of this century if we don’t do something about the climate. Yup, and billions will die if we do something about the climate. Doh!

June 16, 2014 10:55 pm

Ahhh…..is that all?
Thought it’d be worse.

June 17, 2014 12:00 am

When the positively charged atmosphere (cold) connects to the negatively charged ground (hot) rotation starts. Negative charge works in the up direction and positive in the down . Point Charge

June 17, 2014 12:01 am

Do they spin in opposite directions? Pauli principle applied?

June 17, 2014 2:49 am

a double tornado hit Austin texas on may 4th 1922 as was baldwyn Mississippi on march 16 1942.

Frank K.
June 17, 2014 5:48 am

kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
June 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm
Yes – just like the warmists scream “hurricane Katrina!” and, of course, forget completely about hurricane Camille in 1969…

June 17, 2014 6:26 am

“It’s worse than we thought” (TM)

June 17, 2014 6:30 am

The one on the left is imaginary global warming. The one on the right is the carbon tax. They always travel together and both destroy the towns we live in.

June 17, 2014 6:55 am

Absolutely amazing site. I live in Omaha, which isn’t too far from this. The Tornado’s were originally heading to Sioux City, IA where I grew up as well, so it was a little scary watching things develop yesterday.
My heart goes out to the families effected by the storm.

June 17, 2014 7:25 am

Usually, close tornadoes like that spin in opposite directions. Need a video to determine.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 17, 2014 7:56 am

jmorpuss said on June 17, 2014 at 12:00 am:

When the positively charged atmosphere (cold) connects to the negatively charged ground (hot) rotation starts. Negative charge works in the up direction and positive in the down . Point Charge

And when considering the charge flow from positively charged to negatively charged regions, the Right-Hand Rule gives us a clockwise rotation of the magnetic field when looking down from above.
However tornadoes rotate normally cyclonically, in the Northern Hemisphere that’s counterclockwise, Southern Hemisphere is clockwise. Large-scale storms always have cyclonic rotation due to the Coriolis effect.
Rarely a tornado will spin anticyclonic, the other direction, with weak storm systems or exceptional circumstances. This happens with only approximately 1% of Northern Hemisphere tornadoes.
Thus the evidence shows that attributing tornado rotation to electric charges is erroneous.

Steve Keohane
June 17, 2014 8:04 am

Heard on the radio this am these two twisters took out a town of 400 in Nebraska. Did not catch the name.

Gary H
June 17, 2014 8:34 am

Well – a google search is telling this morning . .
Examininer.com: “This is a significant storm, and one that I have never seen the likes of, ever. Really,” said Dr. Greg Postel, severe weather specialist for The Weather Channel.
This never-seen-before type of destruction is what climate change scientists have predicted and warned for years.”
Oh boy.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 17, 2014 8:36 am


Jun 17, 10:51 AM EDT
Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead
By Josh Funk
Associated Press
PILGER, Neb. (AP) — A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing two people, crumpling grain bins like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes.
Pilger’s 350 residents evacuated their homes after the powerful twisters slammed the area Monday afternoon. Nebraska State Patrol closed all roads into town.
“More than half of the town is gone – absolutely gone,” Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said. “The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess.”

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 17, 2014 9:12 am

From here:

Individuals can register or search the safe and well listings at http://www.redcross.org/find-help. The public can help by donating at http://www.redcross.org/ne/omaha.

11 small images at first link, clicking goes to gallery, includes swath map showing damage through town.
For those who were wondering, the dual tornado photo there says “On the left is the main tornado as it hits Pilger, Nebraska, on June 16, 2014. On the right is an anticyclonic tornado. The photo was taken south of Pilger.” The left funnel is the tighter one, photo credit Eric Anderson, cloudedlens-dot-com, thus a different photo than the one above.

June 17, 2014 9:56 am

I visually saw a triple funnel spawned from the system that went through Guin Al durring the april 4 1974 super outbreak, earlier we watched a tornado on one of the Pulse Aquisition radar and on the CWAR doppler radar at school on B shift. I was in the dayroom at Redstone arsenal, when I saw the F3 that ripped through Marshal space flight center, Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville on the TV radar which gave 3 steps warning before all hell broke looose. Luckily for me the tornado skipped over the area I was in and touched back down about a quarter mile later.

June 17, 2014 10:04 am

If you can count multiple tornadoes in view, YOU’RE TOO CLOSE!!!

June 17, 2014 10:46 am

AGW causes twins!!!! run

Scott in Nebraska
June 17, 2014 1:16 pm

Wife’s family’s farm is about a mile and a half SW of town. We’re still waiting to hear if the house survived or not.

June 17, 2014 1:31 pm

Our hopes and prayers go with you, and your family.

June 17, 2014 2:06 pm

@kadaka try standing on the north pole looking south and the Earth rotates to the left . Now stand at the south pole looking north and guess what the earth rotates the opposite way . Cyclones are intense negatively charged positiveley charged low pressure systems and a anti cyclone is a high pressure system. Here’s another visual for you, point two fingers at each other rotate them the same way ,now while still rotating them point them away from you ,their rotating in opposite directions. Highs and lows work in the same direction no mater what hemisphere your in it’s your place of reference that changes . Science evolved from the northern hemisphere and because of that the north is looked at as the top. Two people standing at the equator facing each other arguing which way the Earth rotates one says it rotates to the left and the other to the right, which one is correct?

george e. smith
June 17, 2014 7:20 pm

Well best wishes for any in the path.
A few years ago, I was fishing for tarpon, in the Florida Keys, just off, the highway one road; in a boat of course.
We didn’t like the look of the dark skies to the east of us, and we needed to head right into that, to get out of the nearly “landlocked” bay we were in, hemmed in by low water surrounding islands.
We decided to abandon the actively cruising tarpon, in our pond, primarily, because SIX giant water spouts dropped out of that mess and totally blocked our path. (one would do it).
So we left our fish and went and hid the boat under a highway one bridge, and I fished for snappers, while our water spouts came right through, tearing up acres of bottom grass and plants.
A half hour later, we ventured back out, and our tarpon, were still frolicking out in that pond.
Rather hair raising.

June 17, 2014 7:36 pm

Saw two dark smoke gray twin waterspouts over the western end of Lake Erie many years ago. Didn’t hang around to see which way they were spinning. Long before climate change. Waterspouts sometimes come ashore.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 17, 2014 8:44 pm

From jmorpuss on June 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm:

Science evolved from the northern hemisphere and because of that the north is looked at as the top.

Which has no relevance here as we are not examining latitudinal cross-sections of the Earth.
Clouds are positive, ground is negative, by convention we visualize the flow of positive charges thus current flows from the clouds to the ground. Therefore from the clouds looking down at the ground, we see the magnetic field around the current flow rotating clockwise as per the Right-Hand Rule. This is independent of wherever you are on the Earth. Electric motors do not change rotation when crossing the equator.
So if tornado rotation is initiated by the flow of current, what hemisphere you are in shouldn’t matter, you will always have clockwise magnetic field rotation. Yet anti-cyclonic rotation is not favored in the Northern Hemisphere. Overwhelmingly, quite obviously, the spin direction is imposed by the Coriolis effect.
And as there are no special laws of physics that only apply in the Southern Hemisphere, it is safe to conclude the Coriolis effect overwhelmingly imposes the spin direction there as well.
Whatever effect the static electric charges could possibly have on tornado rotation is clearly negligible.

June 18, 2014 4:23 am

@ Kadaka a fictious force (coroils force) note how it makes reference to point of reference http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_force

David Ball
June 18, 2014 6:34 am

Scott in Nebraska says:
June 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Our thoughts are with your wife’s family. Hope all is well. Please provide an update, if possible.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 18, 2014 10:14 am

jmorpuss said on June 18, 2014 at 4:23 am:

@ Kadaka a fictious force (coroils force) note how it makes reference to point of reference http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_force

The Coriolis effect is not fictitious, it is geometry.
At the equator you are farthest from the planetary axis. Your linear speed is fastest. The circumference of a circle, 2 times pi times radius, times the rotational speed, which for the Earth is basically one revolution per day, gives you that linear (straight line) speed.
(Units check: circumference yields distance per circle, rotational speed yields circles divided by time, result is distance divided by time, which is linear speed.)
As you move closer to a pole, those cross-sections perpendicular to the axis get smaller. Thus the linear speed of a person on the circumference of the cross-sections get smaller. Then right when you get to the pole, the cross-section is down to a point. There is no linear speed.
Now drop a disk on the globe in a hemisphere. The part of disk edge closest to the equator has a greater linear speed than the part of the disk edge closest to the pole. The equator side wants to rotate the disk in one direction, the pole side wants to rotate the disk in the other direction but not as fast.
The equator side wins. In an idealized system without frictional and other losses, the disk will spin in the direction the equator side wants at a speed of equator side minus pole side.
That is the Coriolis effect. It is geometry, not fiction.

June 18, 2014 11:30 am

@Kadaka I see your problem, you’re trying to make a simple electromagnetic system sound a lot more complicated then it is. Do you see the troposphere as a sea of electrons that gains in positive potential with height?

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 18, 2014 12:57 pm

From jmorpuss on June 18, 2014 at 11:30 am:

@Kadaka I see your problem, you’re trying to make a simple electromagnetic system sound a lot more complicated then it is.

You have yet to demonstrate tornadoes are due to ANY electromagnetic system, simple or otherwise.
I’ve been making my points with simple physics and geometry, devoting time to detailed explanations. You’ve been tossing out “But what about that squirrel?” declarations, and not making points.
Is my problem that I am winning?
You are not the first Electric Universe devotee to pop up here, normally they come from Thunderbolts.info. Looking around I see the belief has branched out. Same formula, package the universe into simple manageable thoughts that allow practically anyone to feel they understand the Universe. They have the knowledge, they have the power, it is all so simple and they are in control as they know EXACTLY what is going on.
The real truths are the universe is more complicated than any human can envision, and can wipe you out in an instant. Our own sun might hiccup in our direction and eradicate all surface life, or perhaps just destroy our civilization and it’ll takes centuries to recover. There’s always the life-destroying asteroid impact.
Heck, a star relatively near to us could collapse or something, and release a gamma ray burst that’ll sterilize our planet. It could already have happened years ago, the radiation that’ll destroy us slowly approaching at only the speed of light.
Think of how important to you is any one of the 20 trillion or so bacteria, viruses, and fungi that currently cover your skin and call it home. You are even less important than that to the universe.

June 18, 2014 4:53 pm

@ Kadaka
The one law that explains all the other law’s and accepted as doing so is Coulumbs Law http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/estatics/Lesson-3/Coulomb-s-Law . This is what climate science needs to brush up on and relay to the public http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/1999/essd15jun99_1/

June 18, 2014 5:14 pm

Here’s another link for those that are interested about dust devils ,tornados and electricity

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
June 18, 2014 6:01 pm

jmorpuss says:
June 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm
@ Kadaka
The one law that explains all the other law’s and accepted as doing so is Coulumbs Law

*cough* *hack*
heh heh heh
*deep breath*

*wheeze* oh good lord that hurts…

*whoosh* … *ahhhhh*
Oh man, I’ve got to tell Leif someone actually said that, and they were serious. Leif could use a good laugh.

Tom in Florida
June 18, 2014 7:02 pm

The only law that makes any sense is Johnson’s Law.
Johnson’s Law says that everything will take twice as long as you thought, even when you factor in Johnson’s Law.

Ken L.
June 19, 2014 2:01 pm

Here is Reed Timmer, of “Storm Chasers” fame and TVN, on these storms. At the end, the chase is ended as they do S&R after coming upon the damage. Designating EF ratings is quite technical, but from the view in this video, the damage has at least strong EF4 written all over it and, very possibly, EF5.

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