Severe storms developed Wednesday afternoon over an expansive part of the Central US. It was one storm in Laramie, Wyoming, however, which produced the amazing images shown below. Known as a low precipitation supercell, these storms lack heavy rainfall and are smaller than normal. They typically form along a trough of low pressure, which divides dry air from the warm, humid air. This particular storm formed with dew points only in the 50s, yet still produced a tornado, which is quite uncommon. Tornadoes typically require a very moist environment in order for the cloud to reach the ground, but they can still occur, especially in the Plains states.

Below are a few images of the picturesque tornado that formed Wednesday afternoon. Notice how clear the view of the tornado is thanks to the little to no precipitation in the area.

The National Weather Service completed storm surveys on this tornado, and found that two EF-3 tornadoes occurred in Wyoming. This is in credibly rare. There have been zero tornadoes of this magnitude to have affected the state in the past 30 years (since July 1987).



 

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