Nature has the endless capacity to continuously serve up surprises. Scientists and meteorologists are speechless about the F-5 tornado that basically stay in one spot for almost an hour near Bennington, Kansas. The Capital Weather Gang Reports:
“I have never seen such a stationary tornado, especially not for so long and for such a violent tornado,” said Joshua Wurman, a meteorologist at the Center for Severe Weather Research. “The tornado is moving less than 2 mph for a while, and changes direction, dwelling over the same areas for a long time.”
Given its non-movement, it’s extraordinarily fortunate the Bennington tornado formed and remained over farmland during its life cycle.
Wurman and his team, who were chasing the storm, clocked a wind gust of 247 mph using their mobile doppler radar unit, known as Doppler on Wheels (DOW).
“There was about a 2.5 km region (1.5 mile diameter) with winds of 100 mph or more,” Wurman said. “If this were moving, say, 2 mph, it would mean 45 minutes of 100 mph winds.”