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Long Lived Tornado

Goshen County, Wyoming - June. 05, 2009
Finally. In a season that has seen few severe storms and even fewer tornadoes, all that hard work paid off. Today we were able to witness a fantastic, long lived tornado near La Grange, Wyoming. The tornado took on many different shapes from a thick cone to a slender trunk, then to a slender, twisty rope. It was on the ground for about 25 minutes and we had a great view from on top of a hill.
 
This tornado was also intercepted by the VORTEX 2 research team who have an armada of about 40 instrumented vehicles manned by about 100 scientists and students. This is probably the most studied tornado of all time. The data will be analyzed for years to come.

Wyoming Tornado You Tube

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The cone shaped tornado emerging from the rain curtains.

The tornado roping out towards the end of its life.

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Radar image showing a very well defined hook echo where the tornado was touching down.

From Jim Edds - On my way to the tornado.