Category Archives: Thunderstorms


This storm was an unusual one. Temps were over 100 deg F on a number of days in late Aug and early Sept that year. A city record of 104 was set a few days after this storm. The unusually high temps led to some spectacular thunderstorms late in the afternoon and early at night.

New Orleans, LA

Trees after the storm

It had been storming all afternoon with heavy rain, thunder and lightning as the system moved from SW to NE. Around 7:30 pm there was a break, the late afternoon sun shown over the ridge on the horizon looking due West from my yard revealing the rising heavy mist below the ridge. Soon the storms resumed. Taken with a PowerShot S100. Location: South of Bakersville, North Carolina, in Mitchell County. Date: 04-30-03. Photographer: Doug Sudduth.

Double Vortex Tornado in Riverside California

Note the vertical vortex coming from the base of the thunderstorm along with the second larger vortex in what is called the “rope” phase.

A tornado touched down in Riverside on Thursday May 22nd, 2008. The National Weather Service said at 4:38 p.m. Thursday that Doppler radar was tracking a tornado moving south near Moreno Valley in Riverside County. It was all part a an intense late spring weather system which lashed Southern California on Thursday with fierce thunderstorms that unleashed mudslides in wildfire-scarred canyons, spawned this tornado and dusted mountains and even low-lying communities with snow and hail. (photo from The Associated Press)