June 23 2016 – The severe storms that hit on Tuesday June 21 was confirmed by the National Weather Service as an EF-0 tornado in western Howard County. Some of the towns affected along the 12 mile path were Lisbon and Woodbine, about 30 miles west of Baltimore. The scenes of destruction included large trees twisted off and roof destruction. That followed numerous incredible cloud formations, many of which I wrote about. But when I was approached with this photo suggesting that it was the tornado, I was skeptical.
In fact, Vicky Cutroneo sent me a photo from a Facebook page she runs saying just that. This image was taken by Deana Duvall, and I kindly suggest it was just the shelf cloud and turquoise coloring was due to the hail falling from the clouds. That is often the case, and when there is a tornado, hail can be quite large, but falls from a different part of the storm. But after seeing the video below, I had to take that statement back.
While we often think of tornadoes as distinct ropes or wedges in a rain free part of a supercell storm. That is what we often see from storm chaser videos. A well structured healthy storm will produce that, and those videos are often with an EF-2 rating or higher. This Howard County storm was the lowest on the scale. Still a formidable with event estimated winds of 80 mph, but that level system is more likely to be rain wrapped.
Check out this security cam video thanks to Martha Neale who owns Modern Foundations, Inc. They are located at 7860 Kabik Court, Woodbine, MD. 21797. It turns out this was the exact location as Deana’s photo. The video camera is on their cement silo and faces SW. Mrtha asked if this was the tornado forming, and you will see a cloud structure similar to the photo above. Look closely and you will be able to view the clouds on the left moving away while the clouds on the right are coming towards and wrapping around the structure with some rapid enhancement at the base of the main cloud deck, on the periphery of the circulation.